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Syracuse regroups behind Cooney and Christmas

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse snapped a rare two-game slide in the nonconference portion of the schedule with its 71-69 win over Louisiana Tech last Sunday evening, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Orange (6-3) visit No. 7 Villanova (10-0) on Saturday. Senior center Rakeem Christmas scored the winning basket in the closing seconds against the Bulldogs and redshirt...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse snaps skid, beats Louisiana Tech 71-69

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas hit a hook in the lane with 2.2 seconds left and Syracuse held off Louisiana Tech 71-69 on Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak. Syracuse led by 10 points twice in the second half, but the Bulldogs wouldn't go away. After Chris McCullough hit two free throws to give the Orange a 61-51 lead with 6:06 left, Alex Hamilton scored nine straight...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fizz Five: What Syracuse Needs To Improve On In Order To Beat St. John’s

Commit fewer turnovers: This one is obvious. Syracuse turned over the ball 19 times against Michigan, Tuesday. Freshmen Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph committed two costly turnovers in the game, but senior center Rakeem Christmas actually led the team with six. SU would have beaten Michigan if the team took better take care of the ball. Look for an improvement in that area this...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Tough loss to take

It took me a whole day to be able to get down and write this article because Tuesday’s game against Michigan was one of the most frustrating games I have watched as a Syracuse basketball fan. The part that bothers me the most is that they didn’t play that poorly, and they could have easily still won this game, but the Cuse ended up falling to the Wolverines 68-65. There were...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Guns Come Up Big in Win over Holy Cross

It’s getting to the point for Syracuse where Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough are the key cogs in the lineup, no matter who they’re up against. In Syracuse’s win over the Holy Cross Crusaders, Christmas and McCullough again carried the torch at both ends. The senior center finished with a career-high 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, while McCullough finished with 14...
Via Orange Fizz
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pressure’s On: Rakeem Christmas Needs to Avoid Decline as Competition Improves

Rakeem Christmas has been steady, but he cannot decline now. The senior big man for the Orange is averaging 16 points per game. Entering this season, Christmas had not scored more than 15 points in any game of his collegiate career. He is grabbing necessary rebounds, just under 10 per game. This is the type of play Orange Nation has waited for since he came out of high school. Why...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Weekend review

Coming into the 2K Classic, I was nervous about the way Syracuse would play and after a third place finish in the tournament, I am a bit disappointed by what I saw in those two games. We will start with the California game first.   Cooney has struggled a bit to start the season, but played well against Iowa. When it came down to it, Cal just outplayed the Orange all over the floor...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Orange Lean on Christmas to Carry the Offense?

One of the glaring issues coming into this season for Syracuse was who will be able to put points up on the board with the departures of reliable options such as Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair. Many fingers point to senior Rakeem Christmas to step up and produce offensively in the paint. But can the Orange rely on the big man against better competition? The Orange has not had to rely...
Via Orange Fizz
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Christmas is here early

As I anticipated, Syracuse men’s basketball took care of business on Sunday, November 16, 2014 as they disposed of Hampton 65-47 at the Carrier Dome. Christmas has shined in the first two games for the Orange. This game was a bit closer than the first, but there were quite a few bright spots that make me even more excited for Thursday’s matchup with California. Rakeem Christmas...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Breakout college hoops players to watch

When the college basketball season begins, the players that fans are most excited to see usually fall into one of two categories: returning stars and promising freshmen. By the end of the season, though, there are always players who emerge that end up doing better than expected. Take a guy like Winston Sheppard, who went from being San Diego State’s eighth-leading scorer two years...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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