Roberson, McCullough look to find consistency for Syracuse ahead of Florida State matchup

first_img Published on January 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Neither player’s contributions come consistently enough.Tyler Roberson is Syracuse’s rebounding menace off the bench one night and largely absent the next. Chris McCullough was one of the best freshmen in the country for much of nonconference play. After a series of passive appearances he’s regained his aggression but is trying to translate it into points.Both have played some of their best basketball in place of one another at the No. 4 spot for the Orange, and as SU (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) takes on Florida State (9-6, 1-1) at 8 p.m. on Sunday the two forwards will try to add consistency to their games. While the frontcourt has been Syracuse’s strength, improvement from Roberson and McCullough would give Rakeem Christmas a more complete partner in the post.“Chris started out great. He played great, great,” Jim Boeheim said after SU’s 46-45 win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday. “Now we can’t get him to play bad. We’d like to get him to play bad. That would be a step up from where we are.“And Tyler gets 17 rebounds (against Virginia Tech), and tonight he’s — he was nowhere to be found. In a key possession, Rak’s open in the post and he’s dribbling the ball off his leg. I mean, we just can’t play like this and be successful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson’s only sporadically contributed in terms of scoring but he’s had breakout performances on the boards.His 17 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 helped prevent Syracuse from blowing a 19-point halftime lead. But it was by far his best performance in three weeks. He followed it up with an invisible showing against Georgia Tech where he only got off three shots and logged four rebounds in 20 minutes.With 7:46 left in the game against the Yellow Jackets, Roberson spoiled an SU breakaway by hanging on the rim, drawing an offensive interference call.“I’ve been coaching for 39 years and I’ve never had a player just go grab the rim like that,” Boeheim said. “I mean, what are you thinking? You’re not.”Roberson said he thought he played similarly to other performances and that more complete showings were just a matter of playing through off games.“Just to rebound, play hard and everything else will come like scoring and everything,” Roberson said of what Boeheim’s asking of him and McCullough. “So just try to do that and let the other stuff come to me.”After averaging 14.4 points per game through SU’s 69-57 loss to St. John’s on Dec. 6, McCullough has tailed off to producing just 4.3 points per game. He’s scored 30 total points since then.McCullough and teammates had said that he needed to be more aggressive. Against Georgia Tech he consistently called for the ball and looked for shots.When he was subbed out for Roberson with 12:37 left in Wednesday’s game — he banged his left knee but said afterward he was fine — he was a couple possessions removed from driving from the free-throw line and pushing in a shot that gave the Orange a 32-30 lead.He sat until coming for Roberson with 1:23 left in the game.“I’m transitioning still. I should be good,” McCullough. “I’m looking for my shot and being aggressive now. Shots just wasn’t falling today.”Both McCullough and Roberson have found ways to contribute, just not consistently or often enough in terms of scoring.“I think he’s doing a good job of contesting shots and rebounding,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said of McCullough. “And the 3 that they missed toward the end, he was up with the guards contesting that shot. So I think the offense will come along with Chris.“And T-Ro, he’s an unbelievable rebounder. I don’t know what his stats were (Wednesday), but he’s definitely going to be key for us down the road.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s hockey ready to kick off 2012 campaign

first_imgForward Brianna Decker returns for her senior season after winning the Patty Kazmaier award last season. She scored 37 goals and tallied 45 assists in her junior season.[/media-credit]Fresh off a national runner-up finish to Minnesota last season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team drops the puck on its season Sept. 28 against Minnesota State-Mankato. Head coach Mark Johnson and the No. 2 Badgers are hoping to avenge the loss and build off the four national championships Johnson has won in his 11 years at the helm of the program.Wisconsin had its first scrimmage of the year recently, and Johnson ensured the scrimmage had a “game-like atmosphere” with referees, introductions and the use of the Jumbotron. The Badgers added eight new freshmen to the roster this year – including Johnson’s own daughter Mikayla – to replace last season’s graduating seniors.Johnson stressed the importance of giving each freshmen a glance into the atmosphere they will be seeing much of throughout the season. The coach is excited for the new crop of Badgers in the program.“It’s a fun part of our business; the expectations stay the same as a group but the fun part is to see them develop,” Johnson said. “If they’re willing to commit, if they’re willing to do the little things to prepare themselves when the opportunities present themselves, hopefully they’ll respond.”One of the most glaring holes to fill will be graduated captain Hilary Knight, who left Wisconsin as the all-time leader in points (262), goals (143), power-play goals (37) and short-handed goals (8).Though the loss of Knight will be felt throughout the program, a huge boon to the Badgers is the return of Brianna Decker, who led the team with 37 goals and 45 assists en route to winning the Patty Kazmaier Award, annually given to college hockey’s best female player.Decker will wear the captain’s “C” on her Badgers jersey, and Johnson cited the importance of her return, likening her to former stars like Knight and Meghan Duggan by noting that Decker has followed their example by refusing to change her daily routine and approach to the game.In addition to Decker’s talent, Johnson pointed to her experience playing for the national U-22 team in Calgary as an added bonus to the team. As a senior captain, the head coach hopes her presence and motivation will assist the freshmen.But Decker won’t be doing all the leading for the Badgers. She will be joined by junior goaltender Alex Rigsby, who will serve as assistant captain along with senior defender Stefanie McKeough. Rigsby led the nation in total saves with 1,044 and compiled a sterling 33-5-2 record with a .949 save percentage. Johnson is pleased that though the program lost several key players, there is ample experience to provide guidance as the season begins.When it does, Wisconsin will be moving into the brand new LaBahn Arena and will open at home against Bemidji State Oct. 19. Johnson is excited to have a new place to call home noting, “there definitely is a ‘wow’ effect when you walk in.”Johnson mentioned athletic director Barry Alvarez and others as the notable proponents in pushing for the new facility, and said it shows the athletic department is “committed to our athletes and giving the coaches the best resources possible.”Johnson also spoke about coming back after a national championship loss, and how it was different from coming back after winning a national championship.“Obviously, winning is nice, but the process doesn’t change,” Johnson said. “It continues today the same way it did 10, 11 years ago when I started.” If the past is any indication, Johnson and the Badgers appear to be in good shape to once again contend for a national title.last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard eliminates Thunder with Game 5 buzzer beater

first_img NBA playoffs 2019: Damian Lillard ‘was just waving goodbye’ to Thunder after buzzer-beater Damian Lillard delivered in a big way for the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.With Portland and the Thunder tied in the final seconds, Lillard controlled the ball near mid-court. He ran down the clock, took a small dribble forward and knocked down a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give his team a 118-115 win. The shot gave the Trail Blazers a 4-1 series win over Oklahoma City.🗣M 🗣V 🗣P 🗣 pic.twitter.com/iu9Rz77UyQ— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 24, 2019Lillard was fantastic for Portland all game long. He finished with 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting. He also knocked down 10 of his 18 3-point attempts and added six assists, seven rebounds as well as three steals. Related News Russell Westbrook followed by missing a go-ahead layup, setting up Lillard’s game winner.George scored 36 points for Oklahoma City in the losing effort while Westbrook tallied a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.center_img The Thunder appeared to have taken control with a little less than eight minutes to play when Dennis Schroder connected on a 3-pointer to put his team ahead 105-90.But, Portland responded with a 23-8 run and tied the score with 57.1 seconds left. Paul George gave his team a two-point advantage on the next possession before Lillard answered with a jumper of his own. NBA playoffs 2019: Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beater sets Twitter ablazelast_img read more