Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 81-66 win over No. 25 Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm Syracuse (14-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) defeated No. 25 Notre Dame (14-6, 5-3), 81-66 in the Carrier Dome on Thursday night. Syracuse has won four of its last five games after an 0-4 start to ACC play.Here are three quick reactions to the Orange win.The HunchbackNotre Dame’s nemesis, Trevor Cooney, played the role again on Thursday. Two seasons ago, he drained nine 3-pointers versus the Fighting Irish. Cooney’s late scoring propelled the Orange to a road win over a Top-10 UND team last year.The senior scored 15 first-half points and 22 total. His highlight came when he intercepted a Bonzie Colson pass after the Orange had already retreated back on defense. He went right up to the basket and Colson fouled him. He scored 10 points in SU’s 26-3 run that broke the game open, and continued to dominate overall in conference play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe missed his first three shots to start the second half — including two 3s in the first minute — but hit his last long-ball attempt from the right wing as the score pushed toward a blowout.Tables TurningNotre Dame is one of the best offensive teams in the country when it comes to protecting the basketball, averaging just around nine turnovers a game. The Orange had forced that many by halftime, and as a result controlled tempo of the game and created more — and better — shots.Syracuse only committed eight turnovers on offense, and did a great job creating shots in its half-court offense. Yes, the Irish were without its starting point guard in Demetrius Jackson, but the best offensively efficient team in the country per Kenpom.com shot just 41.8 percent from the field.Making amendsDajuan Coleman had a short leash during his first two stints of the night, and for good reason. Colson hit a hook-shot jumper off the glass just 12 seconds into the game. He came out less than two minutes in with the Orange down 5-0. When he re-entered to start the second half, again, Notre Dame scored the first five points.But he was forced to re-enter the game when Tyler Lydon, who had been playing very well at both ends of the floor, recorded his third foul.On his first defensive possession he recorded a block. On offense he got fouled after scoring post-power dribble. It got one of the loudest ovations from a Carrier Dome crowd that continues to wait for Coleman to be the play he was expected to be. On the next time down the court, he dunked it again, giving Syracuse a 63-40 lead, it’s largest of the night. Commentslast_img read more

Manager Dave Roberts gives Yasiel Puig the night off ‘to clear his mind’

first_imgYasiel Puig started the season on a tear, batting .405 over the Dodgers’ first 10 games.It didn’t last. Since then, he has hit .137, with only one hit coming in his past 18 at-bats. His average has sunk to .250.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to give the slumping Puig the day off on Saturday night for the second game of their three-game weekend series against the San Diego Padres.Roberts said he hoped that it might allow Puig “to clear his mind.” The manager texted him the previous night to tip him off. In Puig’s place, Kiké Hernandez was in the lineup in right field. Roberts felt a mental break could help Kendrick, as well.“There’s a fine line, because you want to give guys at-bats to play, but also sometimes to kind of take a step back from performing night-in-and-night-out can be beneficial,” Roberts said.Recovery continuesPitchers Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu threw bullpen sessions Saturday, the latest steps in their respective recoveries.Roberts said he saw “good stuff” from both. They each mixed pitches.McCarthy, who threw 50-60 pitches, is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Ryu, who had approximately 45, is coming off shoulder surgeries that shelved him for all of last season.“When you start talking about them facing hitters, it does make it more tangible and exciting,” Roberts said. “You try not to get too far ahead of yourself, but to see these guys on mounds, talking to hitters, things like that, it’s something to look forward to.”Ryu will throw another bullpen before facing live hitters. The left-hander has been targeting a return in June.McCarthy’s target date is by the All-Star break.AlsoThe Dodgers will shuffle the order of their starting rotation during their five-game trip this week. Rather than starting Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, Kenta Maeda will take the mound Friday, with Alex Wood to take Maeda’s place. “This is more specific to matchups,” Roberts said, pointing to using Maeda, a right-hander, against the Toronto Blue Jays, who feature several right-handed batters in the heart of their order. The club was given flexibility with a travel day on Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Asked about Puig’s slump, Roberts ruled out fatigue as a factor, pointing out that Puig already had two days off earlier this month, on April 16 against San Francisco and April 21 at Atlanta. Trayce Thompson replaced him in those games.“I think he’s just trying to do a little bit too much,” Roberts said. “Sometimes, if you can kind of get a day off, the pressure or whatever it is to perform for that night, get away from that for a day, sometimes it helps.”As Puig has faced trouble at the plate, he has often struggled to make contact. In his past 13 games, he struck out 15 times, a rate of 29 percent. In the first 10 games, he struck out six times, or 16 percent of his at-bats.Earlier this week, Roberts said Puig was swinging at too many pitches outside the zone, especially at breaking balls that were falling toward the dirt.Second baseman Howie Kendrick, riding an 0-for-13 slump, saw his second consecutive day off. Kendrick, who was slowed in spring training because of a groin injury, is hitting .151 this season.last_img read more