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TEMPLE OF DOOM: Free throws cost Syracuse as Orange suffers 1st loss of the season to Temple

first_img Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse loses first game of season to Temple in Gotham ClassicFair scores career high as Syracuse suffers 1st loss of season NEW YORK – What should’ve been opportunities for easy points progressively turned into moments of dread. The simple routine of shooting free throws became Syracuse’s most difficult challenge.“We didn’t make any free throws,” guard Brandon Triche said. “So when you go there and you get fouled, you’re like ‘Oh man, I got fouled, now I’ve got to shoot free throws?’”Too often on Saturday, the Orange saw its attempts clank off the rim.Ultimately, the missed free throws piled up and Syracuse left a total of 15 points at the line. Temple hit 29 of its 36 free-throw attempts, and that, coupled with the Orange’s futility at the line, sent the Owls (9-2) to an 83-79 upset win over Syracuse (10-1) Saturday in front of 12,648 fans at Madison Square Garden. The Orange struggled from the field, went cold from the arc and when all was said and done, those empty points cost Syracuse a win.The whole game was a battle. After the Orange lost a 10-point lead in the first half, Temple never let Syracuse pull away again and took the lead in the second half. So when SU guard Michael Carter-Williams stepped to the line with 12 minutes left in the game and the Orange down 55-53, he had the chance to tie it up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth free throws bounced off the rim. James Southerland grabbed the rebound after Carter-Williams’ second attempt and made the put-back to tie it, but SU didn’t have the lead. Carter-Williams, who hit five clutch free throws in the final minute to send the Orange to a win over Detroit on Monday, missed eight free throws Saturday.“I think if I would’ve made my free throws, we would’ve won the game,” Carter-Williams said. “Other than that, I really have nothing to say about it.”What made it worse for Syracuse was Khalif Wyatt and Anthony Lee draining a combined 26 free throws. Seemingly every time they stepped to the line they gave Temple critical points. Lee hit two with 11:32 left to give Temple a 57-55 lead. It continued to give the Owls a cushion over the Orange all game long.Wyatt controlled Temple’s offense. He drove to the basket, knocked down shots from the outside, and most importantly in a game like this, drew fouls on Syracuse. He hit all 15 of his free-throw attempts, the very same number SU missed as a team.“I think he was penetrating our zone. He got a lot of calls tonight,” Carter-Williams said. “He’s good at creating contact. I think he got some easy points.”With three minutes left, SU forward C.J. Fair, who had 25 points Saturday, knocked down a 3-pointer from the left baseline. The crowd jumped to its feet. Syracuse pulled back to within two. Temple then missed two field goals, including a 3 from Wyatt.Lee fouled Carter-Williams with 1:20 left. The guard stepped to the line. Two good free throws would’ve tied the game. He only hit one. Temple still led 74-73.Still, the Owls were up by only one point. Despite Syracuse’s struggles, the win was there for the taking. But to get possession, the Orange had to keep fouling. Each time they did, Temple took advantage.“I need to be able to make my free throws and have that confidence to go up to the basket,” Triche said. “I think Mike missed a few uncharacteristic free throws as well. Just as a team, we just have to shoot better.”In a span of 22 seconds, Wyatt and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson hit a combined six free throws that gave the Owls an 80-75 lead with 34 seconds remaining.A layup from Cooney cut the lead to three, but Wyatt hit two more free throws to make it 82-77 and seal the win.“They made their free throws. We didn’t,” Boeheim said. “You don’t like to say it comes down to that, but when you miss 15 free throws, it’s going to be tough to win any game. That’s enough right there.”After the game, Boeheim discussed Temple limiting Carter-Williams’ passing options and said Southerland, one of the team’s best 3-point shooters, didn’t have any open looks from the outside. It all hurt. But those weren’t the reasons Syracuse suffered its first loss of the season.“It was always going to be a close game. It was always going to be a battle,” Boeheim said. “But you can’t miss 15 free throws in these kinds of games.” Comments Published on December 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pascal Siakam’s game winner lifts Raptors past Suns

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Fred VanVleet had 15 points and C.J. Miles returned after missing three of the previous four games because of a sore right hip to score 13.Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat as the Raptors played the second game of a back-to-back.Lowry was originally expected to rest, but told Nurse he wanted to play as he works his way back into shape after missing time with a sore back.Phoenix was up 78-77 to begin the fourth, but Toronto took the lead at 88-87 when the Suns’ Josh Jackson fouled Toronto’s Chris Boucher on a dunk with 7:50 to go. Jackson argued the call and was ejected after picking up his second technical foul. After video review, the foul on Boucher was ruled flagrant. Toronto made both of its foul shots and got the ball back, with Lowry hitting a 3 to put the Raptors up 95-87.“I felt it was my job to step up and say something for my teammates,” Jackson said. “I felt like somebody should have got a technical foul because that was just ridiculous.”Kokoskov said the Suns need to do a better job of maintaining their composure in key moments.“To beat a team like Toronto on their court, you almost have to play a perfect game, and we didn’t,” he said.Phoenix trailed 57-49 at halftime.TIP-INSSuns: Jackson scored seven points in 19 minutes before being ejected. … G Jamal Crawford (left knee) missed his second straight game. … Phoenix F Quincy Acy was a second round pick by Toronto in 2012. … The Suns are 4-18 on the road. … Ayton’s career-high in rebounds is 18. 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He’s one of 10 active players to reach the mark.“He really commands the offense and knows where to get it,” Nurse said.Lowry joins Jose Calderon, Raymond Felton, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.“It’s a great stepping stone for my individual, personal career,” Lowry said.SETTING SUNSToronto swept the season series against Phoenix in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history.BACK-TO-BACKSThe Raptors are an NBA-best 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. This was their ninth of 12 such sets. Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining.Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, who let the clock wind down before driving for a left-handed layup that bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as the buzzer sounded. The basket was confirmed following a video review.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I always feel I can get to the rim,” Siakam said. “I just felt like I had an advantage, just long strides and try to get there. The big came up to help, but it was kind of too late.”Siakam had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto extended its home winning streak to eight. 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Siakam made a big play for his team.”Ibaka scored 22 points and Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won six of seven overall.Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 for the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam smiles after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Phoenix Suns figured Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was going to take the decisive shot. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors had other plans.Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired, leading the Raptors to a 111-109 victory over the Suns on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more