Syracuse can’t complete third upset of Top 10 opponent in 76-72 loss to Louisville

first_imgThat’s the kind of effort it took throughout the first half to keep the deficit from growing larger than 14.“These guys fight,” Boeheim said. “They fight as hard as you can fight.An 11-1 run going into halftime put Syracuse in prime position to start thinking about putting another star on its NCAA Tournament resume. To start thinking about another court-storming. To start thinking that in a season that’s been nothing other than bizarre, another upset win was inevitable.Just like he did against Clemson last week, Thompson got on an immediate roll out of halftime. The freshman forward hit his team’s first three baskets to cut the Orange’s deficit to five. Even when Syracuse’s first eight second-half 3-point attempts went awry, the ninth finally fell through from Tyler Lydon to give SU a two-point lead with nine minutes to go.The two teams jockeyed back and forth the rest of the way, spearheaded by Gillon’s pair of 3s and two free throws in the final 2:01. It seemed that kind of late-game heroics would cement a victory, much like it had twice before.But the inevitable win didn’t seem as such when Gillon knifed through the paint, believed he was fouled, and ultimately returned possession to the Cardinals with two seconds left.“I felt like that was the game,” he said.At least Gillon’s moment could be salvaged with overtime. The same could not be said about White’s or Roberson’s. White has been SU’s steadiest shooter all year, yet he couldn’t provide the marquee moment of his brief Orange career. Roberson couldn’t provide one either, even alone at the free-throw line.On this night, there would be no signature ending. Comments The scene in the Carrier Dome was starting to feel familiar. Syracuse began making shots it struggled to make all game. Defensive stops came freely after proving to be so elusive. A Top 10 opponent crumbled beneath deafening crowd noise, destined to fall against the Orange like Florida State and Virginia had done in the weeks prior.It was a script Syracuse had acted out twice before on its home court, and all signs pointed to another dramatic upset on Monday night. But even with a pair of “herculean” comebacks, the Orange never had the final answer it did against both the Seminoles and the Cavaliers.John Gillon’s end-of-regulation drive didn’t result in a layup or even a foul as the ball was knocked out of bounds. A potential game-winning 3-pointer from Andrew White fell short with two seconds left in overtime. Tyler Roberson was fouled after securing the rebound, but missed both foul shots with a chance to secure a second overtime.“I feel like we’re the team destined to come back and win in overtime on buzzer-beaters,” freshman Taurean Thompson said. “For us to lose like that, it hurt.”At this point in the season, it’s a mistake to count SU out of any game played on Jim Boeheim court. Syracuse (16-11, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) whittled down a lead that once stood 14-points high, but couldn’t finish off No. 8 Louisville (21-5, 9-4), losing 76-72 after staging a pair of remarkable comebacks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second came in overtime, when the Orange trailed by seven with 34 seconds left. But a Frank Howard 3 and three free throws from White in an 12-second span brought Syracuse within two points. The subsequent missed 3-pointer and foul shots soiled any chance of a fairytale ending, but the fact that an opportunity existed for one was astounding on its own.“You really have no chance in these games against a team like Louisville,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… To come back and have a shot to win the game? That’s almost impossible.”At least initially, UofL seemed on track for a blowout, much less a tight game at any point. Wielding one of the best defenses in the country, no basket was going to come easy against Louisville. Including the first one.Before the Orange had a single point next to its name on the scoreboard, four Syracuse starters clanked a shot. The other, Thompson, lost a handle on his dribble and sent Boeheim into a fit of rage on the sideline.With the stand-and-clap tradition persisting into its fifth minute, White scored SU’s first basket after eight possessions. Even the first made basket required a pair of crafty passes from Tyus Battle and Roberson.MORE COVERAGE Andrew White’s 12 missed 3s overshadow 22-point night in loss to No. 8 LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse falls to No. 8 Louisville 76-72 in overtimeFan reactions from Syracuse’s loss to LouisvilleThe Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 76-72 overtime loss to No. 8 LouisvilleWhat we learned after Syracuse’s 76-72 overtime loss to No. 8 Louisville Published on February 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mary Pontarolo, Executive Director of SafePlace Announces Retirement

first_imgFacebook292Tweet0Pin0 house will be held at the SafePlace Community Service Center, located at 521 Legion Way SE, Olympia on Thursday May 4, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.“My work at SafePlace has taught me something new each day about sexual and domestic violence. I am honored to have had the opportunity of working with our dedicated Board, staff and volunteers on behalf of the courageous survivors that we serve,” said Mary.Please help celebrate Mary’s thirty-five years of tireless work in support of survivors, by making a gift to the SafePlace Legacy Fund. Your gift in honor of Mary Pontarolo, will help ensure sexual and domestic violence survivor services continue in our community for many years to come. Online donations can be made here or call (360) 786-8754 ext 201.About SafePlace: SafePlace has been serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 1981. Programs include 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, support groups, sexual assault medical exam advocacy, legal advocacy and in-person advocacy, all of which can be provided in the survivor’s native language. Contact us at (360) 786-8754 or on the web at To speak to an advocate anytime day or night, call (360) 754-6300. Submitted by SafePlaceAfter a distinguished thirty-five year career in the field of domestic and sexual violence, Mary Pontarolo, Executive Director of SafePlace for the last fifteen years, has announced her retirement, effective June 1, 2017.SafePlace’s Executive Director Mary Pontarolo has announced her retirement after 15 years at the group.Mary’s decades long commitment to serving survivors of sexual and domestic violence has impacted thousands of lives. She was one of the founding mothers of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she also served as Executive Director for ten years before coming to SafePlace. Mary has been instrumental in the development of state-wide policy, curriculum and legislative initiatives protecting the rights and safety of survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families, and led SafePlace through two successful capital campaigns to fund a new shelter and community service center. In partnership with the Seattle Mariners, Mary was key in the creation of the ‘Refuse to Abuse’ campaign, and served as Executive Director of New Beginnings in Seattle. She also served as a community educator, and conducted domestic violence perpetrator treatment groups prior to her director positions.Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst said, “Having known Mary for 22 years and worked with her on numerous projects, I can say without reservation or hesitation that Mary Pontarolo has played a monumental, instrumental leadership role in addressing and combating domestic violence. The State of Washington and Thurston County have been blessed to have had her dedicated, caring service.”Under the leadership of our Board of Directors, SafePlace is launching a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. Thanks to Mary’s leadership, a strong management team with a combined total of 80 years of working at SafePlace is in place to ensure continuity and maintain the integrity of SafePlace as a community-based social justice service provider. A farewell openlast_img read more

Southee’s swing: Tim Southee on par with Sachin Tendulkar’s number of sixes in test…

first_imgAdvertisement With a red cherry, swinging the ball in the air is the attribute that one would correlate Tim Southee with rather than a clean swing of a bat to dispatch the ball into the stands. But as per the stats, Southee is also pretty good at the latter skill.Advertisement Coming into bat at No.8 during the second innings of the first Test in Galle, Southee achieved a rare feat with the bat by equalling the tally of the number of sixes hit by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the longest format.Advertisement During the pacer’s short-lived innings of 14 off 19 deliveries, he hit a solitary six which was enough to get his tally to 69. He just needs one more to be level with Pakistan’s Younis Khan.Sachin Tendulkar reached 69 sixes in 329 innings while it only took 89 innings for the right-arm seamer. The current record for the maximum sixes in the longest format is held by Southee’s former teammate and captain Brendon McCullum, who has hit a staggering 107 sixes over the course of his career.Advertisement Read Also:Cherry loves Boult: Sri Lankan players puzzled after ball gets stuck into Trent Boult’s helmet\ Advertisementlast_img read more