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Last time they played: Nassib leads Syracuse to late, game-winning drive as Orange edges Tulane

first_img Published on September 20, 2013 at 2:18 am Oct. 8, 2011Ryan Nassib wasn’t fazed.Even though Tulane had just tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Syracuse quarterback’s mind was clear as he returned to the field for the Orange’s next drive.“It’s time to win,” Nassib said after the game. “It’s time to breathe and focus. It wasn’t our first rodeo. All we had to do is just move the ball, get that first first down and just keep chugging.”Nassib led the SU offense 66 yards down the field, setting up Ross Krautman’s game-winning 21-yard field goal as time expired as the Orange came back to beat the Green Wave, 37-34.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse defense blew a lead that was once as wide as 17 points, and the offense mustered just two second-half field goals after a 31-point first half, but the Orange managed to leave the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans with a victory.“The biggest thought is always the win,” then-head coach Doug Marrone said. “There’s no doubt about it. It’s winning. That’s it.”In the first quarter, a 5-yard run by Antwon Bailey knotted the score at 7-7, and a 29-yard field goal from Krautman gave SU the edge going into the second quarter.That’s when the SU offense exploded.Nassib found wide receiver Dorian Graham for two touchdown passes, then ran one into the end zone from 4 yards out. With 2:58 left in the half, the Orange had a comfortable 31-14 lead.But it didn’t last.Forty-seven seconds later, Tulane’s Ryan Griffin connected with Xavier Rush for a 60-yard score, and a last-second field goal as the half ended brought the Green Wave within a touchdown.“We got down early, but our team never gave up,” Rush said at the time. “We always thought we could come out here and win.”The Orange defense clamped down in the second half after allowing Tulane 312 yards in the first half. A 49-yard field goal was all the home team scored in the third quarter.“We got that 17-point lead and we just kind of relaxed,” SU cornerback Kevyn Scott said. “It was like we just took things for granted. We just focused in and locked in and played our game.”Yet the Green Wave’s defensive unit was just as resistant, holding SU scoreless well into the fourth quarter.After a Krautman field goal put the Orange up 34-27 with 4:19 left on the clock, the Syracuse defense collapsed – literally. Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn fell to the ground and Rush easily took a 58-yard pass to the house to tie the game.That’s when Nassib took the field.Thanks in part to a third-down personal foul on Tulane, Syracuse marched down the field. Nassib went to Bailey twice for 21 yards and gave him six carries for 24 yards on the drive, as Syracuse brought the ball inside the 5-yard line. Then Krautman lined up his kick and booted it through the uprights.“We’re going home happy,” Nassib said. “I’ve played this game long enough, and I’ve lost enough games to know that a win is not easy to come by.”— compiled by Phil D’Abbracio, asst. copy editor, pmdabbr@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Berg is the Word: Men’s basketball is missing an opportunity in the mediocre Pac-12

first_imgPac-12 men’s basketball has come to a low point, facing the possibility of being the first Power 5 conference to have just one bid in the NCAA tournament. Injuries have wrecked teams like Oregon, who lost star freshman center and likely top-five pick Bol Bol to a season-ending foot injury. Arizona, a conference powerhouse this millenium, lost a number of recruits to the FBI investigation surrounding them, among other teams. The Trojans have too much experience and ability to already be lagging behind in a truly mediocre conference. Their entire starting five is made up of upperclassmen with good pedigree. Rakocevic and Mathews, along with senior forward Bennie Boatwright and redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron, saw significant minutes for last year’s squad that went 24-12, finished second in the conference and made it to the conference championship game. However, injuries are not an excuse, because other teams in the Pac-12 have dealt with similar, or worse, adversity. They should have been able to compete with the Ducks, especially with Bol out, and they lost to Oregon State, despite the Beavers’ leading scorer, redshirt junior forward Tres Tinkle, missing the game due to injury. It’s hard to see things improving now that the trademark USC sports dysfunction has fallen on the team. Sophomore forward Jordan Usher transferred to Georgia State last week after being suspended indefinitely. Now Porter, the team’s most talented player and a definite lottery pick in June’s NBA Draft, has been suspended indefinitely and was absent for the loss to Oregon. Head coach Andy Enfield said Porter was suspended for “conduct issues” and that his future with the program would be re-evaluated this week. Aidan Berg is a sophomore writing about USC sports. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs Tuesdays. Enfield has done a good job bringing the Trojans to prominence since taking over in 2013. He improved the program’s recruiting to the point that it currently has the second best 2019 class in the nation, trailing only Arizona. The Trojans won at least 21 games in each of the previous three seasons, heightening discourse about the basketball team at a definite football school. To be fair, USC has had to deal with key players missing time from the jump. Injuries took their toll from the preseason on, as freshmen guards Kevin Porter and Elijah Weaver have both missed multiple games. Boatwright also started the season hampered by a knee that was still recovering from offseason surgery.center_img In addition, redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton was so highly regarded coming out of high school that he went to Duke, one of the highest ranked programs for decades, before transferring to USC in 2016. This team has significant talent, but it simply hasn’t been able to put it all together. But with better results come higher expectations. Perhaps the team will improve drastically next year with better injury luck and an even more talented class of freshmen than the Trojans welcomed this season. But the current iteration of the team is undeniably underperforming; for USC fans looking at a wide open Pac-12, it has to be a gut punch that their team hasn’t been able to take advantage. No team in the conference has had the talent and production to separate themselves from the pack as an elite team in college basketball, as each program has at least four losses already this season. If Porter is lost for the season, the Trojans lose all hope for finding that much-needed identity. Fans saw Porter’s dazzling offensive talent before the season and hoped that his scoring ability could carry a Trojan team somewhat lacking in shot-creators. But from injuries that kept him off the court to freshman mistakes which limited his impact between the lines, Porter was never able to become that crucial go-to guy for USC. Now, he may never get his chance. But that is what makes USC basketball’s struggles so baffling. The Trojans are 9-8 on the season and 2-2 in conference play, having been the living embodiment of average since the season tipped off. Every time they seem to have momentum, they flop. After winning four straight games, including their first two conference contests, they’ve dropped their last two, including a dismal 81-60 loss at Oregon on Sunday. The Pac-12 is there for the taking if USC could just hang around, but right now it doesn’t look capable of hanging with the better teams in the conference.last_img read more

Wellington girls win at Andale for first time in like forever; boys lose

first_img26 Wellington girls 58 Andale 42 Wellington 18 17 Andale 43 59 Wellington Wellington: Cade Phelps 5, Connor Phelps 8, Snipes 5, Hamel 2, Long 2, King 3, Ybarra 1. Total: 11 (2) 2-4 26. 12 11 11 8 Wellington: Rusk 9, Mitchell 31, French 9, Snipes 10. Total 22 (8) 7-10, 59. 11 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball program has accomplished many things over the past decade. But one of things the Lady Crusaders have not been able to do is win an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.Tuesday was a great start as Wellington defeated Andale 59-43 on the road. Senior Grace Mitchell scored 31 points in the victory.Wellington boys would lose to Andale 63-26.The game almost seemed ho-hum, but it was historical on so many fronts. This may have been the first time in Wellington girls basketball history that the Crusaders have started a season at 4-0. This also may have been the first time in years that Wellington has gone to Andale and beaten the Lady Indians at their place.Even during the Charlie Angels years, Wellington could not win in Andale. The Crusaders oftentimes would beat Andale at home in February, but never in Andale in December. Typically, a trip to Andale comes two days off the Kingman Tournament and a combination of fatigue and it being Andale makes it a disastrous night for the Lady Dukes.Not this time. Wellington struggled early, falling behind in the first quarter. But an Avery Rusk 3-pointer at the buzzer would give the Crusaders an 18-17 lead.“We didn’t play well in the first quarter at all,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “We really need to work on playing well for all four quarters.”But in the second quarter, Wellington would explode on an 18-4 run, that was concluded with three steals and two layups by Mitchell and Lauryn Snipes in the final minute. Wellington was in front 36-21 at the half.The Crusaders would up the lead to 48-32 at the end of three quarters and would go on to win this one by 16. Whatever celebrating Wellington may have made after winning for the first time in Andale since Nam, was not displayed afterwards.It seemed like another day at the office.According to official WHS Maxprep stats, Wellington was 22 of 55 from the field for a 41 percent shooting success rate. Wellington was very effective beyond the arch, going 8 of 13. Mitchell led Wellington on rebounds with 11 while Tayland French had 8. Mitchell had three steals and four blocks. Snipes had four steals three assists.Wellington travels to Mulvane on Friday for the final game of 2015.center_img 8 20 4 18 Andale 63 ———Wellington boys Andale held Wellington scoreless in the first quarter 18-0 and led 48-8 at the half en route to an easy win. Pete Carney led all scorers with 14 and Clint Walstad had 11.Wellington was led by Connor Phelps with 8.Andale boys 63 Wellington 26 13 17 Andale stats were not available. Andale: Dagenais 2, Richter 5, Meyer 6, Carney 14, Walstad 11, Bruce 5, Jansen 3, Fairchild 2, Ast 11. Total: 23 (7) 3-5 63. 18 0 5 Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more