Orange Madness superlatives: Recapping best moments from the unofficial start of season

first_imgOrange Madness unofficially kicked off the Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball seasons Friday night in the Carrier Dome.  Accompanying the usual 3-point contest, scrimmage and dunk contest, a musical performance from rapper Jadakiss and an appearance from ESPN college basketball host and former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg topped off the night.Here are the best of the best from Friday night’s show in the Dome:Best moment — Dajuan Coleman walking out with Orange Ambassador Nick TrivelpieceEntering to “March Madness” by Future, Dajuan Coleman walked onto the stage with the team’s youngest member, 12-year old Nick Trivelpiece, an ‘Orange ambassador’ who is diagnosed with optic glioma.As Coleman and Trivelpiece sauntered down the stairs, Trivelpiece’s baggy No. 1 jersey swished around as he high-fived fans and bobbed his head to Future’s anthem.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTrivelpiece has been with the team since 2009, when he was introduced to the SU team through a program that joins children with brain tumors with high school and college athletes. Trivelpiece once spoke at a gala for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation at Turning Stone Casino in 2010, and was proclaimed by public address announcer Matt Park Friday night as the main catalyst who gets the team excited before games.Best dunk — Tyus Battle’s reverse windmill, between the legs slamIn the night’s dunk contest which pitted Tyus Battle against defending champion Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, Battle pulled out the flashiest dunk of the evening, a reverse windmill between the legs slam dunk that sent the crowd to its feet. Tyler Lydon, who was crouching next to the hoop as Battle took flight, jumped and spun around when Battle landed the dunk, throwing his towel in the air.After receiving nines all-around from guest judges Trivelpiece, Jadakiss and Greenberg, Battle was crowned the winner. He spoke with Greenberg afterward, and when Greenberg asked if he would throw a dunk like that in a game that the Orange was up big, Battle shook his head and said matter-of-factly, “I don’t think Coach Boeheim would like that.”Best walk out song — Jim Boeheim “Born to Run” by Bruce SpringsteenSlowly walking down the stage as he waved to fans, Springsteen’s classic song blasted from the speakers and served as a throwback for all of the older Syracuse fans in attendance. Boeheim’s entrance song was the only song Friday night that wasn’t modern hip hop or rap, and it was the final song Orange fans heard during the introductions as Boeheim grabbed the microphone to speak to the crowd.Boeheim was joined by airmen from the 174th attack wing stationed at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, who walked down the stage and onto the sidelines with him. At one point, freshman Matthew Moyer had his tongue sticking out and he threw up hand signs and rocked with Jadakiss’ lyrics, visibly having more fun than any of the other players. The crowd wasn’t as into it, though, and many fans took the opportunity to beat the traffic and head toward the exits. Comments Boeheim told basketball insider Adam Zagoria in 2014 that he has been to “seven Bruce Springsteen shows”, and he told CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander that Springsteen is his favorite artist, so it’s no surprise that he came out to one of Springsteen’s classics.Highlight of the night — Gerry McNamara dusting off the books and shooting some 3sAfter a 3-point contest between Abby Grant, Gabrielle Cooper, John Gillon and Andrew White III, Seth Greenberg called SU assistant coach and former shooting guard Gerry McNamara to midcourt to put on a show for the fans.Not warmed up and wearing a white Syracuse polo, McNamara drained 13 points worth of 3-pointers — including the money ball — tying Cooper’s tally and sending the crowd into an uproar.Greenberg joked with McNamara after the contest, saying that since he only scored 13 points, he would probably be in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center all night shooting “1,000 shots.”“That’s most likely true,” McNamara said as the Orange players laughed with him at midcourt.Most hype — Players dancing with Jadakiss as he raps at the end of the eventAfter Battle won the dunk contest, rapper Jadakiss took to center court to close the night with one last song. As he bobbed back and forth and rapped, the men’s and women’s teams poured onto the court and began to vibe alongside him.As Jadakiss’ gold chains bounced on his chest and his sunglasses reflected the multi-colored lights along the court, the Orange men and women simultaneously threw up their Final Four rings, showing off hundreds of diamonds that sparkled in the flashing concert lights.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 21, 2016 at 10:43 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

D.O. Sports’ 10 most-newsworthy stories of spring 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm The Daily Orange has worked to keep you covered on all the biggest news in Syracuse sports this spring, from breaking the link between Frank Howard’s suspension in the NCAA Tournament and a failed drug test to an obituary of Jorge Jimenez, the man Jim Boeheim struck and killed in February. We’ve also covered Syracuse men’s basketball toppling then-No. 1 Duke in Durham, North Carolina to ice hockey winning its first College Hockey America championship in program history.As spring comes to a close, here’s our list of the 10 most-newsworthy sports stories from the past few months.Max Freund | Staff PhotographerSyracuse season ends in historic upset to South Dakota State in second round of NCAA tournamentAs a No. 3 seed, Syracuse women’s basketball would host the first two games of its side of the NCAA tournament pool. The team was dominant all season and beat Fordham by 21 points in the first round. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet, South Dakota State proved to be a different test. SDSU tallied nine 3-pointers and crushed Syracuse down the stretch. A 16-2 fourth quarter run ended SU’s season earlier than expected.Courtesy of SU AthleticsSyracuse captures 1st-ever conference title over Robert Morris behind 4-goal second periodIn Buffalo, Syracuse’s ice hockey team secured its first College Hockey America championship by exploding for four goals in the second period against rival Robert Morris. Prior to this year, the Orange were 0-6 in CHA final games. SU head coach Paul Flanagan has experienced each heartbreaking loss, as he’s coached the team since its first season in 2008. “To see Paul (Flanagan) raise the trophy was unreal,” defender Kristen Siermachesky said. “This guy’s put every single thing, every second of his life into this team and truly believes in us.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse senior Frank Howard suspended for failed drug test, 3 familiar with situation sayBefore Syracuse opened the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed against Baylor, senior point guard Frank Howard was suspended indefinitely by Syracuse. Howard had traveled with the team and was coming off his best performance of the season, a 28-point outing against Duke.But three people familiar to the situation said Howard had failed a drug test in between the ACC and NCAA tournament. The Orange lost to Baylor in the first round.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerTyus Battle to reportedly leave Syracuse for the NBA DraftBattle, who averaged nearly 17 points per game in his junior season, decided to leave Syracuse for the NBA Draft in April. In his three years at SU, Battle amassed the 16th-most points in school history. Many experts peg the shooting guard as a late-second round draft pick.Courtesy of Brian HernandezFriends, family remember Jorge Jimenez, victim of I-690 crash involving Jim BoeheimJorge Jimenez, 51, was known as “the life of the party.” SU head coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed Jimenez on Interstate-690 east on Feb. 20. Jimenez is survived by his four children. He loved cooking, fishing and the New York Yankees. The Jimenez family created a GoFundMe for his funeral expenses that reached its $15,000 goal within a week of his death.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer‘Nothing like this’: Jim Boeheim returns to sideline less than 72 hours after tragic crashJim Boeheim walked out to a standing ovation in the Carrier Dome less than 72 hours after he struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez in a tragic car accident.He met for an embrace with Duke head coach and longtime friend Mike Krzyzewski at mid-court in front of the largest home crowd to ever witness a college basketball game. Syracuse lost to Duke that night, but Boeheim still coached the Orange after the tragic accident.Josh Schafer | Senior Staff Writer‘The Met Effect’: For Syracuse baseball, an introduction to the major leaguesThis is year one for the Syracuse Mets, who were introduced as the New York Mets’ Triple-A team. The team has a new owner after the Washington Nationals sold the rights to the New York Mets. They changed their name from the Chiefs to the Mets. Tim Tebow, former collegiate football superstar, moved to baseball after a short career in the NFL and plays for the Mets.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse pulls off monumental, resume-boosting upset road win over No. 1 DukeComing off four nonconference losses, unranked Syracuse men’s basketball wasn’t in position to compete for a NCAA Tournament spot. The season prior, it was the last team in. In January, Syracuse would take on the No. 1 team in the nation — Duke. The Orange shot 44% from deep and Tyus Battle slashed the Blue Devils defense for 32 points. And after going to overtime, Syracuse pulled away and picked up the monumental win it needed to earn another tournament berth.Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSeniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani break school records as outdoor season kicks offAs Syracuse kicked off its outdoor track & field season, seniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani set a record-breaking pace. In the men’s 10-kilometer, Aouani (28:25.36) broke Martin Hehir’s record by two seconds on his way to a ninth place finish. At the Stanford Invitational, competing against professional and collegiate runners, Stoner (32:07.36) beat the 10k record previously held by Margo Malone on her way to a fourth place finish overall, and second among collegiate runners.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerBrendan Curry’s overtime winner lifts No. 12 Syracuse over No. 2 Duke, 9-8In a rare outdoor Syracuse lacrosse game, midfielder Brendan Curry lifted the Orange to an upset over No. 2 Duke with an overtime goal. Though he missed his first 11 shots, Curry buried his 12th attempt off senior Nate Solomon’s assist for the game-winner. The Blue Devils finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, and represented a high point for Syracuse, who lost in the first round of the ACC tournament in the last week of April. Commentslast_img read more