USC fails to qualify for final match play

first_imgIt’s not often in college sports that a team gets to return to the scene of its greatest failure for a shot at redemption.But that’s exactly the opportunity the No. 17 USC men’s golf team got this week at the NCAA championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.The Trojans placed last in a field of 15 at the same course in September, finishing 70 strokes out of the lead at the Ping/Golfweek Preview.Summer Trojan file photoUSC’s performance this week, while much improved, left the team six shots short of qualifying for the match play portion of the tournament and ended its season with a tie for 12th at 31-over-par (303-289-303).“It was a super challenging golf course,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “They put a huge premium on driving the ball in the fairways. It was something we knew we had to work on throughout the year. We didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish, which certainly was to get to the match play.”No. 8 Augusta State claimed its second straight national championship by defeating in-state rival No. 14 Georgia 3-2 in the match play final. LSU’s John Peterson won the individual title with a 5-under-par week.The Trojans’ improved play at Karsten Creek demonstrated their growth over the season. After failing to post a top-three finish in the year’s first six events, USC finished in the top-three in all five of its tournaments leading up the national championship. The Trojans also captured the program’s first Pac-10 team title since 2007.“We had that Pac-10 victory and we’ve been playing absolutely solid golf for the last three months,” junior Steve Lim said.Freshman Jeffrey Kang led the Trojans on the week with a tie for 20th individually, posting rounds of 72-73-75 to finish at 4-over-par for the tournament.“He did most everything pretty well,” Zambri said. “He bogeyed the last two holes or he could have had a top-15 finish, which would have been pretty special for a first year kid. But in the end he had a great performance for us.”Lim, the team’s most experienced player, recovered from a disappointing opening round 78 to post 72-75 and finish in a tie for 56th at 9-over-par.“It was championship time: You have to play well, but I wasn’t able to do it,” Lim said. “I actually played quite well the last two rounds. I turned my game around, but a little too late after a bad start.”Pac-10 individual champion, sophomore Martin Trainer, had posted four straight top-seven finishes coming into the event. He struggled in Oklahoma, however, shooting 75-75-76 and tying for 66th at 10-over-par.“I didn’t really play well the entire tournament to tell you the truth,” Trainer said. “I kind of struggled a lot with my ball striking. It was just a tough, tough course and we really needed to play well to make it and we just didn’t get it done.”Sophomore T.J. Vogel, a freshman All-American a season ago, finished a disappointing year with his worst score of the campaign — a final round 82 that included nine bogeys and two double bogeys. His total of 17-over-par (78-73 in the opening two rounds) earned him a tie for 113th.“I know he’s going to turn it around,” Zambri said about Vogel’s prospects for next season.Sophomore Sam Smith was disqualified from individual contention after signing for an incorrect score after his first round. His second round 71 was a big part of USC’s turnaround day, but he could only muster a 77 in the final round.After the tournament, Zambri and his players decided to focus on the team’s progress over the last three months and what promises to be an exciting 2011-2012 season.The incoming freshman — top-ranked junior golfer Anthony Paolucci and Daniel Lee — will add depth to the squad, while the returning Trojans have committed to a strenuous summer schedule of amateur golf events.“I feel like we’re going to be great next year,” Zambri said. “It’s not just that we’ve got five kids coming back that were starters, but some of them are playing the best golf they’ve ever played and really turned a big corner within the last couple months. If you throw in our two incoming freshman, one of which is the No. 1 player in the country, I think we’re going to have a fabulous year.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Cornell

first_img Published on December 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse enters its matchup against Cornell having lost five of its last eight games. The Orange (7-5) takes on the Big Red (3-8) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The contest is SU’s final nonconference game before beginning Atlantic Coast Conference play on Jan. 1 at Boston College.Here’s everything you need to know about Cornell.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 90-31Last time they played: Last season, the Orange defeated Cornell, 67-46, on Dec. 19, 2015. SU only led by four at halftime, but pulled away by outscoring the Big Red by 17 after the break. Tyler Roberson and Malachi Richardson led SU with 15 points apiece while Roberson rounded out his performance with 12 boards. Syracuse outrebounded Cornell, 48-27, and finished with 17 second-chance points compared to the Big Red’s four. Michael Gbinije, while scoring 12 points, also pitched in as a distributor with eight assists.The Cornell report: The Big Red ranks 244th of 351 Division I teams, according to Cornell has struggled this season, allowing opponents to shoot 44.9 percent from the field and getting outscored 431-360 in the first half of games. Three Big Red players average more than 10 points: Sophomore guard Matt Morgan (19.3), sophomore forward Stone Gettings (14.2) and senior guard Robert Hatter (11.6). Against Syracuse last season, Hatter scored 14 and was the only Cornell player in double digits. The Big Red doesn’t have any dangerous rebounding threats as Gettings and Hatter are tied for the team lead with 5.3 boards per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Cornell beats Syracuse: The Big Red would need big-time performances from its top three scorers to keep pace with the Orange, which only allows 64.9 points per game. SU has also faced issues when it’s been outrebounded and outscored in the paint. On paper, Cornell doesn’t pose much of a problem there, a big part of why Syracuse is favored in the game by 18, per Kenpom. While the Orange has had a rocky stretch recently, the Big Red would still need a near-perfect performance to upend SU.Stat to know: 75.2 inches — Cornell’s average height, per Kenpom, which ranks 340th in the country. Syracuse’s average height of 79 inches ranks sixth nationally. The Orange is 5-1 when it wins the rebounding battle.Player to watch: Robert Hatter, guard, No. 5While the Big Red hasn’t beaten SU since 1968, the senior has a solid history against Syracuse. As a freshman in 2013, Hatter scored nine points in 14 minutes. He scored just three points his sophomore year but backed that up by 14 points last season. Hatter has made just 10 3-pointers this year, but his 57.1 shooting percentage on 2-pointers ranks 353rd in the country, per Kenpom. If he can score effectively driving to the basket, that could open up opportunities for teammates on the perimeter once Syracuse’s 2-3 zone begins to collapse. Commentslast_img read more

New York state won’t allow fans at athletic events this fall

first_img Published on July 21, 2020 at 1:35 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse will not be allowed to host fans at sporting events this fall following an order Monday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The governor’s order, which applies to all colleges in New York state, does not prevent games from being played or televised, reported. Tailgating is also prohibited under the order.“The health and safety of our student-athletes, our fans, our campus community and the broader Central New York community is our chief priority,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement. “We will seek further clarification regarding the opportunity to have fans at our games and move forward appropriately under the guidance of the state.”Cuomo’s order ends months of speculation over how many, if any, fans could fill the Carrier Dome during football season. Even before SU brought back around 65 football players June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts, holding games this fall with fans in attendance was probable.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWildhack said May 28 in an email to season-ticket holders that “we are anticipating and planning for reduced capacity to some degree,” and reaffirmed that statement in a June 11 press conference and in another season-ticket holder email two weeks later. He paused the seat upgrade and parking processes for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball in the second email to ticket holders. Comments “There’s so much still unknown, still to be decided, that’s why there are so many different scenarios and the conference office is working diligently on those,” Wildhack said in his most recent press conference July 9.Cuomo announced mandates July 2 prohibiting spectators at professional sports events held in both indoor and outdoor venues. Now collegiate sporting venues in New York state — including Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, SU Soccer Stadium, J.S. Coyne Stadium and Women’s Building — are aligned with professional ones.This is a developing story, and will be updated with additional reporting. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Conference on branding football supporters set for January 15

first_imgFor the first time in the history of Ghana Football, a conference designed specifically for ”the supporters” is set to change the rules of branding for football fans.The conference comes days before the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations set to begin on 19 January and end on 10 of February 2013 in South Africa.Fifteen nations including defending champions Chipolopo of Zambia will travel to join the host team Bafana Bafana at the tournament.The continent’s biggest and most colorful football event will be heading to Southern Africa just seventeen months after they hosted the world cup in 2010.As host, South Africa shouts, we are ready, can Ghana say same about her ambition of winning her first trophy after 31 years?Already the team is showing signs that maybe they can finally end the drought and break the jinx; but the players are not alone. The fans are right behind them. No fans, no football!That is why Black Stars supporters from all over the country are getting more and more excited about the impending 16 nations football fiesta.Ghanaian football fans describe themselves as the ‘extra man’ – as essential to the success of the team as, the players and coaching staff.They believe that their actions before, during and after matches- such as prayers, the ritual chants, songs, banner waving, etc motivates the team.Supporters also believe that they can intimidate the opposition fans, players and perhaps even influences referees’ with loud shouts and deafening chants. Black Stars fans believe that by attending tournaments physically, it goes a long way to ‘help the team to win’, just as fans pray at home when watching on tv.All the supporters groups in Ghana will be present to make history on Tuesday 15th January 2013.last_img read more