Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Syracuse reconfigures its middle to top Irish

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Rick Jackson went into the Syracuse locker room at halftime against Notre Dame shaking his head. The senior forward was high-fiving his teammates at the final buzzer.

Jackson entered the game averaging 13.6 points and 12.2 rebounds, tops on the boards in the Big East and fourth nationally. But after a first half in which he scored just four points, he reverted to form in the second half Saturday as the No. 5 Orange beat the No. 15 Irish 70-58.

Jackson had all four of his first-half points on free throws and found little room in the paint. But he scored four baskets and had four of his career-high six blocks in the second half to spur the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East). Freshmen centers Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita were relegated to the bench mostly.

"It felt great going out there (to center)," said Jackson, who finished with 12 points and three assists. "Our two young centers were in there, and they (the Irish) were able to get some easy shots. I knew Coach (Jim Boeheim) was going to put me in (at center) and made up my mind that I wasn't going to let that (easy shots) happen."

Jackson's two-handed slam with 15:43 left was his first basket and tied the score at 42-all. After Scoop Jardine's steal and layup and a jumper from the top of the key by Kris Joseph, Jackson converted a feed high off the glass and the Orange was running.

"The key was how Rick controlled the middle," said Jardine, who finished with 15 points. "In the first half, they were getting in the middle. In the second half, we controlled everything."

Joseph had 18 points and a eight rebounds for Syracuse.

Tim Abromaitis led Notre Dame (12-2, 1-1) with 15 points. The Irish, ranked second nationally in shooting (52.5 percent) entering the week, finished 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) and went 7-of-21 on 3-pointers against the Syracuse zone. Notre Dame also finished with 15 turnovers, nearly five more than its average.

No. 9 G'town 86, DePaul 75: Austin Freeman and Jason Clark scored 21 apiece, and the host Hoyas (12-2, 1-1 Big East) survived a second-half scare before pulling away against the Blue Demons (6-8, 0-2). The Hoyas never trailed, but they had an 11-point lead cut to one with 14 minutes left before a pair of 8-0 runs put the game out of reach.

No. 16 BYU 93, Fresno Pacific 57: Stephen Rogers scored 16 to lead the host Cougars (14-1), who got 46 points from their reserves.


No. 24 Syracuse 91, Ark.-Pine Bluff 56: Kayla Alexander had 21 points and 14 rebounds as the host Orange (12-1) notched its 39th straight nonconference victory at home.

Miami 91, Lipscomb 52: Shenise Johnson scored 25 and grabbed 10 rebounds as the host Hurricanes (14-1) finished their nonconference schedule with their 13th straight win. Morgan Stroman (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Riquna Williams (24 points, 11 rebounds) also posted double doubles for Miami.

Syracuse reconfigures its middle to top Irish 01/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 11:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Hey, somebody really ought to write about this Aaron Judge guy


    He can catch, too.

    It's no tall tale.

    Aaron Judge, The Amazing Colossal Man, has come and gone, but not before he stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field. The 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge robbed Evan Longoria of an RBI double and helped …

    Aaron Judge stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  2. FSU, Gators, USF and Miami all in Athlon preseason top 25


    The college football preseason magazines are trickling in, as our Joey Knight wrote earlier.

  3. Bucs' Jameis Winston rising in fantasy football rankings


    We're still probably three months away from most fantasy football drafts, but it's not too early to appreciate that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has taken a major step up in the rankings entering his third NFL season.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is ranking much higher in fantasy football rankings entering his third NFL season.
  4. A new look at the top of women's tennis: It's wide open


    ROME — Asked Sunday if she believed, as the oddsmakers do, that she is the French Open favorite, Simona Halep dissented.

  5. Jake Odorizzi has a winning record for his career when pitching on five days of rest. He’s 12-9 in 34 starts. Pitching on a normal four days of rest, Odorizzi is 15-17 in 34 starts. On six or more days rest he is 6-6 in 18 starts.