Boston College’s hot performance from 3 dooms Syracuse, 85-70

first_img Published on March 1, 2018 at 1:29 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The moment seemed self-contained. Ky Bowman drilled a 3-pointer two-and-a-half minutes into the game and stared right at Syracuse’s bench. It was a player Syracuse hadn’t contested quickly enough having his moment after a long ball. SU would try not to let it happen again.Syracuse rallied late in the first half to cut a 10-point deficit down to one. The Orange then triple-teamed Luka Kraljevic in the corner, coming close to forcing a turnover. But he pivoted and found Jerome Robinson alone on the wing. The 20.9-points-per-game sharpshooter knocked it down before turning around and celebrating with the BC faithful sitting behind him.The Eagles (17-13, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) could have eventually scanned the entirety of Conte Forum if they looked somewhere different after every made deep ball. Boston College went a scorching 14-of-27 from 3, with Bowman, Robinson and Jordan Chatman taking and making all but one from deep. It was a season-high in 3s allowed and opponent 3-point percentage for Syracuse (18-12, 7-10), which managed to keep it close in the first half, but eventually lost to the 3-point barrage in a 85-70 loss on Wednesday night.“Those guards are as good as any guards in the country,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said postgame. “And Chatman is a good a shooter as you’re going to find.”Before the two teams matched up on Jan. 24, Boeheim said that he didn’t “think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than,” Boston College. At the time, the comment didn’t totally seem to add up, as BC was eighth in the conference in 3-point percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Eagles did shoot the ball well in that game though, going 11-for-23. Four makes came in the first four minutes of the game, though. SU weathered that early storm and got hot on offense, eventually seizing control of the game.On Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference, BC head coach Jim Christian said that he’d look at how to adjust against the Orange’s zone. The Eagles did just that, spreading the floor out and often times putting one of the guards in the high post. That would force Paschal Chukwu to step up and go one-on-one with a quicker guard, who could find shooters on the wing.“They spread us out a lot more,” point guard Frank Howard said. “They filled every spot on the perimeter … overloaded us, made our big man leave the paint. I think they attacked (the zone) a lot better and moved the ball a lot quicker.”The Eagles moved the ball around quickly, several times dishing it out to a baseline cutter for an easy layup which in turn continued to open up the 3-pointers. BC had 19 assists on its 26 made field goals, including 12 assists on the 14 made 3-pointers.Syracuse limits opponents to 33 percent behind the arc, the fifth-best mark in the conference. The Eagles, though, never shied away from attempting the looks.On one play late through the first half, Bowman took a pass from Jerome Robinson and dribbled left through a ball screen. Tyus Battle went under it, so Bowman just pulled up and rained home another one.“We tried to get under (the screens) as fast as possible and get back up top,” Battle said. “But he was hot. We tried to make an adjustment going over the top and run him off better. But he hit some tough ones.”Hot 3-point shooters have plagued Syracuse this season. Three different players have made seven 3-pointers in a game against the Orange. But those were symptoms of opponents finding the soft spot in the zone and SU being unable to quell one player.Instead, Boston College unleashed a three-headed barrage that Syracuse couldn’t solve. It dropped the Orange down to 7-10, the first time it’ll have a losing record in ACC play. And it could have potentially dropped the Orange out of the NCAA Tournament consideration.“They had great ball movement,” Howard said. “They had great ball movement and got the ball inside. They knew where their looks were coming from.” Commentslast_img read more

LeBron James wants to ‘destroy as many people as possible’ next season, says Richard Jefferson

first_imgRichard Jefferson believes LeBron James is set to have a stellar season.James, 34, posted good numbers last season — his first with the Lakers — but, he struggled with a groin injury that limited him to 55 games and he missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05. LeBron James organizing Lakers minicamp to help team bond, report says Jefferson, who played with James on the Cavaliers from 2015-17, said Monday during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” he thinks the star is going to bounce back in a big way.Jefferson said: Related News “For us anything short of a championship is not success,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said on a conference call last month (via the Los Angeles Times).James, a three-time champion and four-time MVP, averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists for the Lakers in 2018-19. Klay Thompson on DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I know he’s going to be a huge asset for the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma: I am capable of being Lakers’ third superstar “LeBron James will be the best player in basketball next year, again. Now, will he be the LeBron James from ’08 and chasing down blocks? No. But, he’s going to do so many different things. … I think he understands the disrespect. He’s felt it over the course of his career, at different levels. Now, it’s like ‘Oh, you’re old. You’re not that guy anymore.’ But, I think, really and truly, he’s more focused on proving to people that basketball is the most important thing to him. And, the only way to do that is to go and destroy as many people as possible.”The Lakers’ roster should be much improved this season as they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans this summer in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and three first-round picks.How will LeBron bounce back this season? @Rjeff24 says he will go out and “destroy as many people as possible.” pic.twitter.com/ckETElcUvG— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 12, 2019Los Angeles had cap space to add a third star next to James and Davis, but missed out on Kawhi Leonard, who joined the cross-town rival Clippers. The team then inked Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso to deals.last_img read more