Inside the final 11.2 seconds of Syracuse’s 63-60 Sweet 16 win over Gonzaga

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 3:28 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman CHICAGO – Almost every Syracuse player, coach and manager stood on the court away from their bench waiting for an answer. There were no replays visible to the team to show if Trevor Cooney’s left foot had touched the end line after he intercepted a pass in the corner diagonal to SU’s bench, but that didn’t matter. The referees were only reviewing how much time was on the clock when Cooney’s white shoe tip supposedly touched the black end line, and it felt like an eternity between a steal that could’ve been the difference between Syracuse exhaling and Gonzaga getting one last breath trailing 61-60.“I just think they were looking at the time. I don’t think they were looking at the play,” Cooney said. “I did my rotation and made a nice steal and they made a call.”Cooney had intercepted a pass intended for the corner thrown from under the hoop but his momentum carried him too far forward, according to the referees. One official came over and talked to SU head coach Jim Boeheim, who had no adverse reaction to Syracuse having 11.2 seconds to make the most important defensive stop of its season or let a run some thought should’ve never started come to an end.“From my perspective, I thought he did get a steal and called a timeout,” Michael Gbinije said.“It’s not like they were going to overturn it or anything,” Tyler Lydon said. “We tried calling a timeout on that possession and they didn’t see it unfortunately. We just tried to focus on the defensive end.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKyle Dranginis inbounded the ball from about as close to the intersection of the end line and sideline as he could get.“A dead corner,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said, “…that’s a really, really tough place to get it in.”A bounce pass to Silas Melson. A left-handed swing pass to Josh Perkins atop the key. One more bounce pass to Kyle Wiltjer on the opposite wing, the same area he’d repeatedly torched Syracuse from during his 23-point night. One dribble to his right and a pass over the head of Cooney and back to Perkins. By that time, over six seconds had elapsed and Perkins had five to make a play that would likely either extend Gonzaga’s season or end it.“With 11 seconds it’s hard to get a good shot against a zone,” Boeheim said. “I thought once they had to throw it out, I thought that gave us enough time.”Perkins beat Malachi Richardson off the dribble before driving right at Lydon, who stood two feet behind the foul line with Domantas Sabonis lurking under the hoop.“I just saw the play at the end develop and I’d rather try and step up and block a shot,” Lydon said. “… Just tried making a play on it.”One dribble with Perkins’ left hand. One right-handed floater, the same kind Gonzaga hit all night. But this one was different. This one Lydon tipped in the air with his left hand. He jumped and momentarily corralled the ball with two hands before being leveled by Wiltjer. As Lydon fell to his back without the ball, he flexed his arms, clenched his fists and let out a scream.“Perkins made a nice move to get into the lane,” Few said, “… a pretty good floater and (Lydon) made a heck of a play.”“Tyler Lydon made an unbelievable play because he normally stays back there but both their big guys were high, so I think he saw that and he read where Perkins was coming,” Boeheim said. “That’s a pretty big play for a freshman to make.”“I was pumped up about it, obviously,” Lydon said, “but I knew I had to knock down some free throws.”Each of the 10 players on the court meandered toward the opposite foul line. Four Gonzaga players stood to Lydon’s sides and the four Syracuse players stood outside the 3-point arc. Lydon sunk his first foul shot and his second hit the front rim, then the backboard and fell through the net with 1.6 seconds remaining to give Syracuse a 63-60 lead.“It’s March Madness and you’ve seen how many buzzer beaters this time of the year,” Lydon said. “So it’s never really over.”Again Dranginis inbounded, but this time with little chance to either extend his season or end it. Sabonis caught the ball at the near 3-point arc, turned and heaved a left-handed prayer that sailed well right of the hoop. Lydon extended both arms in the air and embraced Frank Howard. The magical run for Syracuse that was so often in doubt Friday night kept going, as the 10th-seeded Orange (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 63-60 win against No. 11 seed Gonzaga (28-8, 15-3 West Coast) to advance to the Elite Eight against No. 1 seed Virginia at 6:09 p.m. on Sunday.About 30 minutes after the game, Zach Lydon, Tyler’s older brother, slumped in his seat midway between the court and the concourse level of the United Center, a look of disbelief and exhaustion on his face. Tim Lydon, Tyler’s father, stood next to him, still in awe while flashing occasional smiles that seemed to bring a dose of reality to what his son had done.“You just see the kid’s freakin’ long arm come up,” Zach said. “I don’t even know what to think. It was just crazy.”“This is a little better than a state championship,” Tim said laughing. “I would say so for sure.”Boeheim was even asked if Lydon’s block was the second-most important in Syracuse history, behind Hakim Warrick’s rejection at the buzzer of the 2003 national title game.“Yeah, it’s a little ways behind the first one,” Boeheim said, unable to hold back a wide smirk. “Hakim would not appreciate me saying anything about that.”Two hours prior, Zach watched as Gonzaga hit shot after shot to open up an early double-digit lead. Some of those were floaters, eerily similar to the one Perkins had for a chance to put a dagger in Syracuse’s improbable NCAA Tournament run.“I immediately thought that was probably going be the one that would end the game,” Zach said.And he was right. That was the one that ended the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SU hires Brandon DeNoyer as assistant coach specializing with goalkeepers

first_img Published on July 8, 2020 at 11:57 am Contact Gaurav: The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse women’s soccer has hired Brandon DeNoyer as an assistant coach specializing with goalkeepers. DeNoyer joins head coach Nicky Adams and assistant coach Kelly Madsen on the Orange’s coaching staff, both entering only their second season with SU.“I am very excited to have Brandon join our Syracuse Soccer Family,” Adams said in a press release. “Brandon brings great knowledge and experience to our program and will specialize in working with our goalkeepers.”A native of Scotia, New York, DeNoyer has coached at SUNY Old Westbury, Siena, Mississippi State and Richmond, most recently. In his coaching career, DeNoyer has helped goalkeepers earn All-America honors and a conference Goalkeeper of the Year award.With the Spiders, DeNoyer helped their goalkeepers record a combined five shutouts, a 1.46 goals-against average and a .771 save percentage. All five shutouts helped Richmond improve from just two wins in 2018 to seven in 2019.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will be hoping for a similar boost in DeNoyer’s first season. Goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx enters her senior season after starting all 16 games last season and leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with 96 saves, though Syracuse finished with only three wins. “I am extremely excited that I have the opportunity to join such a hardworking and experienced staff,” DeNoyer said in the release. “I really appreciate Nicky for believing in me and allowing me to assist her in working with such a talented group of women. I am very proud to be a part of Syracuse University and can’t wait to get to work.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Bašić in semi-finals of ITF Tournament in Italy

first_imgBiH tennis player Mirza Bašić has qualified to semi-finals of ITF Tournament in Trent in Italy, which is worth 15 000 USD.Bašić, second-holder of the tournament, defeated Lithuanian tennis player Laurynas Grigelis with 4:6, 7:5, 6:3.In semi-finals he’ll play against Italian tennis player third-holder Andre Arnaboldi.last_img

‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament 2020: Full TV schedule, bracket & entry list for games on ESPN

first_img‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament prize moneyThe tournament winner will choose a charity to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K Sports, the NBA and NBPA in support of coronavirus relief efforts. Booker will have plenty of competition from other top gamers like Durant (+500), Ayton (+550) and Mitchell (+700). Much like the real action, this tournament could come down to individual matchups. NBA games are back! Well, sort of.With the 2019-20 season still suspended as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States continue to rise, NBA players are looking to provide fans with some virtual entertainment. The league will hold an “NBA 2K” Players Tournament that will feature stars like Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young. Hopefully Durant has improved his transition defense in the last month …The transition defense on 2k is the most frustrating thing in my life at this moment— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 22, 2020But this single-elimination tournament, which will be played on Xbox One, isn’t just about entertainment or bragging rights among some of the NBA’s elite. The winner will choose a charity to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K Sports, the NBA and NBPA in support of coronavirus relief efforts.”We’re thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans throughout the world and to help those in need during these uncertain times,” 2K senior vice president Jason Argent said in a press release. “Entertainment, especially sports, has the ability to bring communities together — including athletes, fans and families — and we hope that everyone will enjoy the tournament.”Here’s what we know about the tournament, including the entire first-round schedule and how to watch the broadcast on TV and online. ‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament scheduleDate: Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 11TV channel: ESPN and ESPN2Live stream: ESPN and NBA appsThe NBA will launch the tournament on April 3, and each game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 through April 11.The tournament can be streamed through the ESPN and NBA apps. Each of the NBA’s social channels on Twitter (@NBA2K, @NBA), Twitch, YouTube and Facebook will also show the games live.DateRoundTimeChannelApril 3Preview show7 p.m. ETESPNApril 3Jones vs. Durant7:30 p.m. ETESPNApril 3First round8:30 p.m. ETESPN2April 5First roundNoon ETESPN2April 9Quarterfinals7 p.m. ETESPN2April 11Semifinals and finals5 p.m. / 7 p.m. / 9 p.m. ETESPN’NBA 2K’ Players Tournament entry listPlayers are ranked and placed in the bracket based on “NBA 2K” overall ratings. If two or more players hold identical ratings, then the player with more NBA experience earns the higher seed.SeedPlayerRating1.Kevin Durant962.Trae Young903.Hassan Whiteside874.Donovan Mitchell875.Devin Booker866.Andre Drummond857.Zach LaVine858.Montrezl Harrell859.Domantas Sabonis8510.Deandre Ayton8511.DeMarcus Cousins8112.Michael Porter Jr.8113.Rui Hachimura7914.Patrick Beverley7815.Harrison Barnes7816.Derrick Jones Jr.78’NBA 2K’ Players Tournament bracketDespite being the No. 5 seed, Booker (+220) is the early betting favorite to win the tournament. The Suns guard has been known to hop on Twitch for long gaming sessions and even learned about the NBA suspending the season as he was playing “Call of Duty.” (NBA) read more