How Frank Howard can help Syracuse even more

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Whether it was Quentin Snider, Trey Lewis or Damion Lee, Louisville’s guards were going to make Frank Howard work for every inch of space on Wednesday night.Howard is a freshman point guard with limited experience, and the Cardinals’ full-court pressure and extended matchup zone could have swallowed him whole. But he remained calm, used his 6-foot-4 frame and long arms to protect the ball, and turned in his most convincing performance of the season in the Orange’s 72-58 loss to No. 18 Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.In a season-high 23 minutes, Howard matched a season-high six assists and committed just one turnover when he was stripped driving into the lane. He grabbed two of SU’s seven steals and by assuming all of Syracuse’s ball-handling abilities, he allowed Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson to exclusively work off the ball and in space on the wings.And when the Orange (18-9, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) hosts Pittsburgh (18-7, 7-6) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Howard’s calm approach to running the offense could help against a Panthers man-to-man defense that matches Louisville’s pressure and intensity.“When he’s able to get in the lane and make plays, we normally have a smaller lineup in and we’re able to space the floor well,” Cooney said after the loss to Louisville. “That’s what he’s good at. He’s good at making plays and he did a good job tonight.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat he’s not as good at, defending atop the 2-3 zone and creating his own scoring opportunities, is what Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim quickly pointed to after the game. Boeheim acknowledged Howard’s playmaking ability — which he’d already done by playing him extended minutes against one of the country’s best defenses — but wasn’t as encouraged by Howard’s development in other areas. Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Dougherty: Louisville game could be an ominous sign for Syracuse frontcourtMalachi Richardson’s game is growing even more diverse with passing dimensionSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Pittsburgh Luke Rafferty | Senior Staff Photographercenter_img On the season, he’s shooting 23.9 percent from the field (11-for-46) and 6.7 percent from 3 (1-for-15). In conference play, he’s shooting 18.2 percent from the field (4-for-22) and 12.5 percent (1-for-8) behind the arc. He mostly played in a four-guard lineup with the 6-foot-8 Tyler Lydon at center on Wednesday, and the lineup struggled to defend the perimeter despite a combination of length and speed at the top and on the wings of the zone.“Typically I’m looking for the pass,” Howard said of how he could create more scoring opportunities. “Definitely I could start shooting more. I see shots sometimes and I pass it instead of shooting it, and it’s something they’ve been talking to me about, putting that in my game and looking to score a lot more.”But in the short term, Howard’s court vision and knack for fitting passes into tight spaces gives SU’s offense an important complexion. His calm demeanor gives it needed organization. His ability to get to the rim, whether he’s scoring the ball or not, sucks in defenders and frees up big men inside.Pittsburgh’s defense, like Louisville’s doesn’t yield a lot of clean looks and held the Orange to just 20 made field goals on Dec. 30. Howard created a lot of those for his teammates against the Cardinals — like when he took two dribbles toward the lane before flipping a pass to Cooney for an open 3, bounced a one-handed pass to Gbinije for a layup or pulled Dajuan Coleman’s defender out of the paint before throwing a wraparound pass for an uncontested Coleman dunk.Even if Howard has a long way to go in other areas, his passing has made him the last addition to Boeheim’s tight seven-man rotation. It seems that every one of his passes has at least a hint of style to it. He throws them one-handed. He looks away at the last second. He dribbles one way, craning his neck to see the whole court, then turns on a dime to cast the ball in another direction.And while it may seem the flash and flare set him apart, simply creating shots for his teammates is how he’s come to effect games.“I think Frank should get some good minutes against Pitt, he can help us a lot against them,” Gbinije said. “He just has to continue what he’s been doing and try do a little bit more.” Comments Published on February 19, 2016 at 12:45 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Abby Moloughney seals 5-4 comeback win over Lindenwood

first_imgAt the end of every Thursday practice, Syracuse competes in a team shootout. The loser has to wear an orange helmet — a hockey dunce cap of sorts — in warmups before the next day’s game.On Friday, it was freshman Abby Moloughney sporting the orange cap as the players stretched and skated through their pregame routine. Hours later, she found herself in the same situation that failed her the day before: at center ice, with just the goalie to beat.“Honestly, it was pretty nerve-wracking,” Moloughney said. “Especially as a freshman, I felt a lot of weight on my shoulders to put that in.”Moloughney’s successful penalty shot capped Syracuse’s (9-19-3, 9-6-2 College Hockey America) come-from-behind 5-4 win over last place Lindenwood (7-19-3, 3-12-2). The Orange were down 4-2 heading into the third period, but two goals in the final 20 minutes brought the game to overtime. In extra time, Moloughney swerved through the attacking zone, flipped the puck in between the inside and outside of her stick, slid across the net and finished with an elevated left-handed wrist shot. Moloughney has been practicing the move, she said, and on Friday, it was the decisive game-winner.“I was thinking she’s saving it for this,” captain Lindsay Eastwood said. “This is her moment. She’s gotta redeem herself, and that’s exactly what she did.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Moments before the penalty shot, Moloughney fielded a pass from defender Allie Munroe in stride through the neutral zone. She had a step on Lindenwood’s defenders, but the Lions’ Hannah Alt recovered just in time to pull Moloughney’s jersey down before she could get a shot off. 41 seconds into overtime, Alt was assessed a holding penalty, sending everybody off the ice — except for Moloughney and Sophie Wolf, the Lions’ goalie.Wolf and Moloughney played on the same club team growing up, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, so he was worried that Wolf knew Moloughney’s tricks. Instead, Moloughney fooled her former teammate.“At first when she made that move, I thought, ‘Uh oh, she’s running out of real estate,’” Flanagan said. “It was actually a pretty nice shot to have that little room and get it up top. I thought the goalie had her.”To give Moloughney the chance to win it in overtime, Syracuse had to overcome a two-goal deficit heading into the third period. After first period goals by Jessica DiGirolamo and Anonda Hoppner, SU struggled in the second period and allowed two unanswered scores to go down 4-2.In the locker room during the second intermission, Flanagan motivated his team by reminding them of the emotional significance of the game — Sherry Goodnough, a former player’s mother, recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. Each SU jersey had Goodnough’s slogan, “Dig Deep,” on the name plate.“(The speech) set in our hearts and in our minds that we’ve got to come through here,” Eastwood said. “This game’s not for us. This is for something much bigger than us.”With the added inspiration, Syracuse quickly cut Lindenwood’s lead. Eastwood snuck in a power play goal two minutes into the third period, and Emma Polaski tied it with her own power play score. Polaski, the team’s leading scorer, recorded a goal and two helpers.For the remainder of the third period, the Orange clung to the draw. On a Lindenwood breakaway, defenseman Allie Munroe recovered and slid across the ice, sacrificing her body to break up the play. Goalie Ady Cohen, who struggled early, made several key saves down the stretch. In the game, SU outshot Lindenwood 39-16.Then, Moloughney’s penalty shot broke the draw. Just hours after wearing the orange helmet in warmups, she celebrated with her teammates in a mosh pit.“I knew she was going to score,” Polaski said. “I absolutely knew. She lost the shootout, actually, yesterday in practice. So we were like, she’s definitely going to redeem herself and score this one.” Comments Published on February 22, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

What channel is Notre Dame vs. Stanford on today? Time, schedule for 2019 rivalry game

first_imgThe Cardinal (4-7) won’t be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2008, making Saturday’s matchup their de facto bowl game against 16th-ranked Notre Dame (9-2).Even though Stanford enters Saturday as significant underdogs, Notre Dame will have to overcome its recent trend of shortcomings at Stanford Stadium. Notre Dame hasn’t won at Stanford since 2007. The Irish’s most recent visit was a 38-20 loss to the Cardinal in 2017.If Stanford wants to keep the trend alive, it will have to do it without quarterback K.J. Costello, who was ruled out earlier this week with a thumb injury. Davis Mills will instead start at quarterback.Below is all the info you need to watch Notre Dame vs. Stanford on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 14 college football schedule.WEEK 14 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadWhat channel is Notre Dame vs. Stanford on today?TV channel (national): FoxLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)Notre Dame vs. Stanford is on Fox, part of the network’s lineup of rivalry games Saturday. The game is sandwiched between No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Michigan at noon and  “Bedlam” between No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. ET. The annual showdown between Stanford and Notre Dame won’t carry its usual lofty implications, but it should provide plenty of excitement for both teams.MORE: Watch Notre Dame vs. Stanford live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Coley Harvey will be on the call for Notre Dame vs. Stanford.Notre Dame vs. Stanford: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Nov. 30Time: 4 p.m. ETThe Notre Dame vs. Stanford game starts at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 30.The game will be both teams’ 12th and final regular season game of the year. Week 14 college football schedule (top 25)GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 MichiganNoonFox, fuboTVNo. 3 Clemson vs. South CarolinaNoonESPNNo. 4 Georgia vs. Georgia TechNoonABCNo. 5 Alabama vs. No. 15 Auburn3:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRutgers vs. No. 8 Penn State3:30 p.m.Big Ten Network, fuboTVNo. 12 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Minnesota3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 14 Baylor vs. Kansas3:30 p.m.ESPNOregon State vs. No. 6 Oregon4 p.m.Pac-12 Network, fuboTVNo. 16 Notre Dame vs. Stanford4 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTulane vs. No. 25 SMU4 p.m.ESPNUTexas A&M vs. No. 1 LSU7 p.m.ESPNNo. 22 Iowa State vs. Kansas State7 p.m.FS1, fuboTVColorado vs. No. 7 Utah7:30 p.m.ABCFlorida State vs. No. 11 Florida7:30 p.m.SEC NetworkNo. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State8 p.m.Fox, fuboTVlast_img read more