July 1, 2014 |
Jerami Grant's athleticism and bloodlines were enough to ensure that he would become a mid-first-round pick in the NBA draft. That was the thought. The 20-year-old out of Syracuse slipped to the 76ers with the 39th overall pick Thursday night. "With Jerami, we were shocked. I was shocked," said Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, whose team opens summer-league training camp on Monday. "Even Jerami, I think, was shocked. He anticipated that he would go considerably higher. " The Sixers believe they got a steal in the 6-foot-8, 214-pounder, who played power forward during his two seasons at Syracuse.
May 24, 2014 |
As young girls, Amy and Kelly Cross spent their free time playing lacrosse in the backyard of their Oreland, Montgomery County, home. For the last two years, the sisters have been playing together on a much bigger stage - the Syracuse women's lacrosse team. And this weekend, the two midfielders will reach the pinnacle of their sport - the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse Final Four. Amy is a senior, and Kelly is a sophomore, so this will be the final time the sisters take the field as teammates.
April 29, 2014 |
John Desko took the podium first on Sunday afternoon after his Syracuse men's lacrosse team's 15-14 loss to Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game at PPL Park. The coach looked down at his stat sheet and noticed something missing next to Notre Dame goalie Conor Kelly's name. "I don't see a save for him in the fourth quarter here," Desko said. "But he made a pretty big one. " The shot was officially recorded as wide, but there was no doubt that Kelly, who starred at the Haverford School, robbed Syracuse's Kevin Rice to save Notre Dame's victory with two seconds remaining in regulation.
April 27, 2014 |
This time last year, the teams playing for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse tournament championship weren't even in the ACC. Conference newcomers Notre Dame (7-5) and Syracuse (10-3) survived semifinal matchups decided in the final seconds Friday night at PPL Park in Chester and will play for the ACC title at 1 p.m. Sunday. "I think every team in this conference is so good, so talented, so well-coached and battle-tested," said Kevin Corrigan, coach of fourth-seeded Notre Dame.
February 26, 2014 |
No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last eight minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past host Maryland, 57-55, on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak. It was another close call for the Orange (26-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose previous four games were decided by a total of 12 points, including losses to Boston College and Maryland. Syracuse led by 49-37 with 7 minutes, 54 seconds left but allowed Maryland to close to 56-55 with 47 seconds remaining.
February 24, 2014 |
Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew the game-changing charging call that helped No. 5 Duke beat top-ranked Syracuse, 66-60, Saturday night in Durham, N.C. Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 boards for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 ACC). Jerami Grant scored 17 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2), who have lost two straight. Syracuse had the ball, down by 60-58, in the final seconds when C.J. Fair drove past Tyler Thornton along the baseline for an apparent tying layup. But official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging - and when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim shot onto the court to argue, Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and handed the Hall of Fame coach the first regular-season ejection of his career.
February 23, 2014 |
In this space last week, we thought Syracuse would suffer its first loss of 2013-14 before Wichita State did because of its difficult road schedule. But never in our wildest dreams did we see downtrodden Boston College, a team that had defeated one Division I squad (Virginia Tech) since Nov. 26, going into the Carrier Dome and recording the shocker of the season. Now the schedule really gets tough for Syracuse, which must play its next three at Duke, at Maryland, and at Virginia. "We can't think about" the loss, Orange coach Jim Boeheim said.
February 17, 2014 |
Rakeem Christmas (Academy of the New Church) had a key steal to set up C.J. Fair's winning layup with 6.7 seconds left, helping top-ranked Syracuse edge visiting North Carolina State, 56-55, on Saturday night. Christmas had 14 points, and 12 rebounds as the Orange (25-0, 12-0 ACC) earned their 10th single-digit win despite shooting 35.2 percent. T.J. Warren scored 23 for the Wolfpack (16-9, 6-6). The start of the game was pushed back four hours because of a snowstorm. N.C. State did not land in Syracuse until Saturday afternoon.
February 14, 2014 |
Tyler Ennis hit a 35-footer at the buzzer to help No. 1 Syracuse remain unbeaten with a 58-56 road win over No. 25 Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I along with Wichita State. With 4.4 seconds remaining and the Orange down by 1, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribbled up the court before hitting the shot over two defenders. Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, had given Pitt a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds left after he hit two free throws.
February 6, 2014 |
SHELICE HIGHSMITH always wanted something better for her son, Zaire Franklin. So, when another parent passed along an application to La Salle College High School when Zaire was a freshman at Franklin Learning Center, a seed was planted. "At first I thought she was crazy," Franklin joked in a phone interview. "I was like, 'I can't go to college - I'm only in ninth grade!' I didn't know La Salle was even a high school. "She made me apply, but I didn't want to go because it was an all-boys school and I wanted no parts of that.