MBB : Last time they played: Pittsburgh 74, Syracuse 66

first_img Published on January 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm The thunderous Pittsburgh student section in the Petersen Events Center fell silent.Syracuse shocked the 12,925 fans on hand — known as the Oakland Zoo — with a 17-0 run to pull back into contention the last time the Orange and Panthers met back on Jan. 17, 2011.‘We made as good a comeback as you’re probably going to make,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after the game.The comeback wasn’t enough, though, and SU fell short.The Panthers (18-1, 6-0 Big East) knocked the Orange (18-1, 5-1 Big East) back as soon as the game started, scoring the first 19 points of the game, and went on to win 74-66. And although SU battled back with a 17-0 run of its own, it was unable to complete its comeback without leading scorer Kris Joseph, who was out with a head injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh forward Nasir Robinson torched Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone for 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Sophomore James Southerland managed just eight points in 38 minutes, attempting to fill the glaring void left by Joseph.But despite falling behind 19-0, and despite competing without its best player, point guard Scoop Jardine said he believed the Orange were still tough.‘We were right there,’ Jardine said. ‘And that is one thing — we are going to take credit from this loss.’It was Jardine who scored SU’s first points, connecting on a 3-pointer just more than eight minutes into regulation. Freshmen Dion Waiters and C.J. Fair followed with layups, sophomore guard Brandon Triche canned a jumper and the momentum shifted.Although Jardine and senior center Rick Jackson recorded double figures in scoring, it was Fair and Waiters who keyed SU’s turnaround with a combined 24 first-half points.As SU pulled to within two, assistant coach Mike Hopkins began dancing on the sidelines, imploring his team to maintain its defensive intensity.‘These kids showed a lot of heart,’ Hopkins said. ‘Playing without our leading scorer, Kris, the way these guys battled.’But when Ashton Gibbs hit a 3 to push the Pittsburgh lead back to nine with 6:33 left, Hopkins turned and spun. He followed with five two-footed stomps.A desperation press and clutch 3 from Triche brought the Orange within five with 1:07 left, but a layup by Brad Wanamaker with a minute left was the proverbial nail in the coffin.SU’s valiant comeback, Fair’s team-high 16 points and Jardine’s damage from long range were all for naught.Although the Orange quieted the Zoo early, turning a seemingly lost game into a Big East battle, the near-historic comeback was never completed.‘Chalk this up as a great learning experience,’ Hopkins said. ‘This place is as loud as it gets in college basketball.’—Compiled by Stephen Bailey, asst. copy editor, [email protected]  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

10 INCREDIBLE Cristiano Ronaldo records that defy belief!

first_img 5. The ex-Man United star was the first player in a major European league to score more than 50 goals in four consecutive seasons – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 8. Ronaldo has scored 12 headed goals in the Champions League – the most by any player – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10 2. He is the only player in history to have scored 60 or more goals in four calendar years – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 6. Ronaldo was the first player ever to score 40 goals in a professional league in two consecutive seasons – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10 7. The 30-year-old is the first Real Madrid player to have scored on every day of the week – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10 10 10 10 10 9. The Portugal superstar is the first Real Madrid player ever to score more than 30 league goals in five consecutive La Liga seasons – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… It was only a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record at Real Madrid.The superstar headed home his 300th goal for the club in their 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, becoming the quickest player to do so, managing it in 288 games.Ronaldo, 30, is in a constant battle with Barcelona star Lionel Messi to earn the crown of the world’s best footballer, which seems unlikely to end anytime soon.So for the next few days at least, here are ten incredible Ronaldo records for your viewing pleasure…Click right to scroll through our list…Statistics correct on Thursday, April 9, 2015. 10 10 4. Ronaldo became the first player ever to score in six consecutive Clásicos – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 1. Ronaldo was the first player to score in every minute of a game (not in a single 90 minutes, mind – he’s amazing but not that amazing!) 10 3. Ronaldo has the best goal ratio in La Liga ever with 1.11 goals per game – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10. Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest player to score 300 league goals in La Liga – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… last_img read more