Syracuse improves rebounding in 68-54 loss to Iowa

first_img Published on December 3, 2019 at 11:16 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Elijah Hughes sat in the middle of the Syracuse locker room with his right wrist taped. Bourama Sidibe, in his own locker a few feet away, had bags of ice attached to his right knee and left ankle. Perpendicular to both of them was Marek Dolezaj, shoulders off-kilter, slouching to his left with his right shoulder wrapped.As they scattered, with a similar dejected look on their faces after a third-straight defeat, they wore the scars of a rebounding battle, that, for once, didn’t cost Syracuse the contest.“I think we did quite a decent job today,” Dolezaj said, “but we need to run faster.”Facing a third-straight frontcourt that’s bigger and more polished than SU’s, Syracuse improved on the glass. In the midst of a historically bad start, SU’s first three losses could be attributed to poor interior play. They averaged 18 fewer rebounds than their opponents, often losing the possession battle too. But, against Iowa (6-2) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on ESPN, Syracuse (4-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) provided an outlier. Coaches provided a pregame directive to limit the rebounding margin. While the Hawkeyes won the battle on the glass 37-36, they had to turn to shooting or tough defense to best the Orange.Syracuse may have wasted its last chance at a resume-boosting, nonconference win with its showing against Iowa, but the corrected rebounding provided a sliver of positivity. Without worrying about about the interior, SU was able to identify other issues that the reeling squad must fix next.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIowa’s 6-foot-11, do-everything player, Luka Garza provided one of the worst matchups of the season for Syracuse. A week ago, Oklahoma State crushed the Orange with a plus-19 rebounding margin. Two days later, Penn State’s Mike Watkins tallied 16 boards, 11 of which were offensive. PSU’s 57-to-28 rebounding lead triggered Boeheim to admit that his team “wasn’t ready,” as two tournament-caliber teams exposed SU. Before facing Garza, Sidibe and Hughes said Orange coaches emphasized rebounding at all costs.Elizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorThere wasn’t a schematic change. Instead, players were urged to get to the boards more often.As Garza looked for early offense inside, Dolezaj bumped him off the block each trip down the floor before settling into the 2-3. SU’s 2-3 zone isn’t predicated on matchup box outs, Sidibe said, so it wasn’t Sidibe or Dolezaj’s single responsibility to stop Garza. The Iowa junior finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and two assists, yet the Orange limited second chances (15-to-eight in Iowa’s favor). Syracuse even scored more points in the paint (26-to-24).“Sometimes it’s a long rebound,” Sidibe said. “We just need to find a way to get it. It’s a zone.”Hughes, who posted a season-high seven boards, skied through the lane repeatedly, often while teammates cleared out Hawkeyes. In one sequence, Hughes hauled in a board and quickly fed Quincy Guerrier for a two-handed slam. This success wasn’t consistent.“There’s a lot of bad out there,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “I didn’t see much good.”Sidibe operated at “half-speed” with his cold in Brooklyn, Boeheim said, and was limited today, too. Hughes rebounded more, but he wasn’t as effective as a facilitator, finishing with four turnovers. Guerrier followed his first collegiate double-double with four points and seven boards, but Boeheim identified situations where the strongest player on SU’s roster wasn’t strong enough.With a middling offense hunting for a secondary option behind Hughes, fast break chances can piece together points and runs. The Hughes-Guerrier connection showed what the offense could be but ultimately hasn’t been. And it starts with rebounding.“It’s a learning experience for those guys,” Boeheim said. “They’ve got a long way to go.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Bears vs. Lions final score: Mitchell Trubisky leads late go-ahead drive, Bears topple Lions on Turkey Day

first_imgThe Bears overcame a late deficit — and the inconsistency of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — en route to a 24-20 win in Detroit over the Lions.VIDEO: Bears-Lions game highlightsTrubisky had three touchdown passes on the day, including a late strike with just over two minutes left to David Montgomery that gave Chicago (6-6) the lead for good. Still, tt was a mixed-bag day for Trubisky, who head-scratchingly avoided a first down on a run late in the second quarter and threw a bad interception. He put up 338 yards on 29-of-38 passing.MORE: Blough reflects on ‘special’ NFL debutIt was a good showing for Lions rookie QB David Blough, who started in place of injured backup Jeff Driskel (starter Matthew Stafford was also out injured). Blough performed well in his NFL debut vs. a stout Bears defense, but it just wasn’t enough. Blough finished with 22-for-38 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and a game-ending interception as Detroit fell to 3-8-1.VIDEO: David Blough’s WOW throws from his first NFL startSporting News covered all things Thanksgiving between the Bears and Lions below.(All times Eastern.)Bears vs. Lions score for Thanksgiving 2019FINALBears: 24Lions: 20 Q1Q2Q3Q4FBears737724Lions1430320Bears vs. Lions updates, highlights3:56 p.m.: Eddie Jackson intercepts a David Blough pass and the Bears will beat the Lions in their second straight Thanksgiving meeting.Eddie Jackson seals the deal with a BIG-TIME PICK! 🚨That’s how you close out a Turkey Day victory! @BoJack39 #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/jVazuPiOiF— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 20193:55 p.m.: Roquan Smith with a huge third-down sack with 36 seconds left in the game.3:49 p.m.: David Blough is leading the Lions down the field and almost throws an interception. 59 seconds left in this one.3:37 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: And the Bears have taken the lead on a Mitchell Trubisky TD pass to David Montgomery. Bears up 24-20 with 2:17 left in the game.The @ChicagoBears gobble up the lead! 🦃Mitchell Trubisky finds David Montgomery for the late fourth quarter TD. @Mtrubisky10 @MontgomerDavid #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/bBVIAL8pLv— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 20193:29 p.m.: Bears are driving with five minutes left in the game, and Trubisky connects with Anthony Miller to put Chicago into Lions territory.3:12 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Matt Prater hits a 24-yard kick after a failed third-and-1 rush, and the Lions take the lead again. Detroit up 20-17 in the fourth.3:07 p.m.: The Lions are inside the red zone again. First-and-10 at the 14-yard line.3:03 p.m.: We head to the fourth quarter and the game is still tied at 17 apiece.2:53 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Trubisky connects with Jesse Horstead, who makes an acrobatic catch, for six points. Bears tie it up at 17.2:42 p.m.: Darius Slay picks off Mitchell Trubisky, who threw the ball behind Robinson. Bad throw, good play by Slay.2:32 p.m.: And we’re back. Lions get the ball at the 25 to start the half.2:10 p.m. END OF HALF:  Lions take a 17-7 lead into the locker room in a game that’s had its ups and downs. Lions get ball to start the second.2:06 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: A pretty good drive by the bears and Trubisky and Piñeiro hits a 30-yarder to cut the deficit to 7. 22 seconds left in the half, Lions up 17-10.1:53 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Prater puts the ball through the uprights for three more points. Lions up 17-7 in the second.1:46 p.m.: David Blough is letting it fly. He connects with Kenny Golladay on another deep shot on the outside. Lions threatening to score again.1:39 p.m.: Bears going for it on fourth-and-6 and they don’t convert. Detroit takes over. 1:30 p.m.: The ruling is reversed and it’s an incomplete pass instead. Refs missed a clear roughing the passer call on Trubisky.1:27 p.m.: Trubisky hits Anthony Miller for a short gain, but Miller can’t gather it. The ruling on the field is a catch and fumble, and we’re going to replay.1:20 p.m.: Lions punt the ball back away and pin the Bears inside their 10-yard line.1:17 p.m.:  Bears can’t seem to get anything going on offense, as they punt away once again.1:09 p.m.: On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Prater smokes a squib kick off of a Bears player, and the Lions recover. That’s something special. 1:05 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Blough hits Marvin Jones Jr. for a short TD pass. Blough has 131 pass yards already on the game. Lions up 14-7.1:04 p.m.: Blough and Golladay have a pretty good connection early, converting on a third-and-9.1:01 p.m.: Lions are driving and just crossed the 50-yard line into Bears territory. 12:56 p.m.: Trubisky and the Bears follow up their first drive with a 3-and-out.12:49 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Well, that didn’t take long. Blough hits Kenny Golladay for a 75-yard TD score to give Detroit six. Game is tied 7-7.David Blough’s first career NFL completion?Just a 75-yard TD to Kenny Golladay. 😱 @david_blough10 @kgxix #OnePride📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/VeIt8eKtez— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 201912:43 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Mitchell Trubisky hits Allen Robinson on a quick strike for the touchdown. Bears up early 7-0.The @ChicagoBears eat first on Thanksgiving! 🍴 @Mtrubisky10 ➡️ @AllenRobinson for 6! #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/s7dfF6jL8o— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 201912:42 p.m.: Bears are at the 10-yard line after run from David Montgomery. It’s a happy Thanksgiving for Bears fans.MORE: Watch NFL games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) 12:39 p.m.: Well, we re-kick, and Cordarrelle Patterson brings a ball about seven yards deep 57 yards to the 50. Good field position for the Bears.12:36 p.m.: And the Bears take the opening kickoff and there are two flags down already on the field. 12:23 p.m.: Good news: Jeff Driskel is active, but not starting. Whether that qualifies as good news is debatable.last_img read more

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