No. 4 Syracuse beats Canisius 85-61


No. 4 Syracuse beats Canisius 85-61

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) James Southerland broke out of a slump with 21 points and Brandon Triche had 19 to lead No. 4 Syracuse over Canisius 85-61 on Saturday night in the Gotham Classic.

Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 14 assists as Syracuse (9-0) extended its home winning streak to 29 games - the longest in the nation - and moved head coach Jim Boeheim within one victory of 900. Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only Division I men's coaches to reach that milestone. The Orange's next game is at home against Detroit on Monday night.

Canisius (6-2) was off to its best start since 1973-74 and was riding a three-game winning streak on the road. The Golden Griffins haven't beaten a ranked team since a 72-69 win over No. 13 Cincinnati in December 1994.

Southerland, who had gone 0 for 10 on 3-pointers in three games since hitting 9 of 13 at Arkansas, was 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and 9 for 14 overall. Rakeem Christmas finished with 10 points.

Billy Baron and Isaac Sosa each scored 15 points to lead Canisius, which outrebounded Syracuse 37-34. Harold Washington, the team's leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, finished with nine, going just 1 of 6 from beyond the arc a week after hitting a career-high six in a 94-82 win at Marist. Alshwan Hymes, who played ball with the Orange's Triche at Jamesville-DeWitt High School in suburban Syracuse, sat the first half for violating team rules and finished with six points.

Syracuse fell behind late in the first half, regrouped and took a three-point lead into halftime, then started the second half with a 15-3 spurt to take control.

A 3-pointer by Southerland completed an 11-0 run spanning halftime and gave Syracuse a 41-32 lead with 18:36 left. The Orange led only 35-32 at the break and broke loose with 50 points in the second half, shooting 21 of 34 (61.8 percent).

The Griffs had four turnovers in the first six minutes of the second half, and the Orange capitalized. Christmas hit a jumper from the foul line, Southerland converted an alley-oop dunk from Triche, C.J. Fair hit off the glass, and Carter-Williams passed to Triche for a 3 from the wing to give Syracuse a 50-35 lead with 14:45 to go.

Canisius was within 69-57 after Sosa's 3 with 4:17 left, but Carter-Williams fed Christmas for a dunk and Southerland scored five straight points.

Canisius fell behind by as many as nine in what was a tight first half. The Griffs trailed 23-14 after Carter-Williams swished a 3 from the top of the key, but they stayed patient, searching for the open man, and slowly came back.

Washington hit consecutive layups and Isaac Sosa nailed a 3-pointer to thwart the Orange's press and move the Griffs within 30-26 with 5:32 left.

After Syracuse missed in close and from beyond the arc, Jordan Heath powered Canisius into the lead. He swished a 3 from the wing and completed a three-point play on consecutive trips down court to give the Griffs a 32-30 lead with 2:24 to go.

Two free throws by Carter-Williams and Triche's layup at the buzzer gave the Orange a 35-32 halftime lead.

Canisius hit 5 of 16 from long range and outrebounded Syracuse 21-17 in the first half, while the Orange converted just 5 of 11 free throws.

The Gotham Classic also includes Temple, Detroit and Alcorn State. The format features 10 games with all teams facing each other once. Syracuse and Temple will meet in the feature game at noon on Dec. 22 at Madison Square Garden.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens exercise 2020 fifth-year option on 2016 first-round pick Ronnie Stanley

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens exercise 2020 fifth-year option on 2016 first-round pick Ronnie Stanley

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could forget that the 2019 NFL Draft is just two days away.

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens have exercised the 2020 fifth-year option on LT Ronnie Stanley, according to a league source of ESPN's Field Yates. The Ravens' 2016 first round pick, Stanley has started 42 games in three seasons.

2. Part of the pre-NFL draft fun that goes on in the months leading up to the big weekend is re-drafting previous drafts. Bleacher Report's Chris Roling re-drafted the 2018 NFL Draft and have the Ravens selecting two completely different players.

Instead of TE Hayden Hurst at No. 25, Roling has the Ravens selecting TE Chris Herndon out of Miami.

"For the sake of value, the re-draft move is Miami's Chris Herndon," Roling said. "He slipped to the New York Jets in the fourth round yet put up 39 catches for 502 yards and four scores and is two-and-a-half years younger than Hurst."

And instead of QB Lamar Jackson, he has the Ravens picking LB Harold Landry out of Boston College.

"Landry, a second-round pick by Tennessee, flashed with 4.5 sacks over 15 games (three starts) as a rookie and earned a much bigger role heading into next season," Roling said. "He seems like a natural fit in a Baltimore front thanks to his ability to rush from all over the field, fitting a multiple look, and could produce in those spots freed up by players who left on the open market."

3. We knew who the Ravens would be facing in the preseason and when, but now we know what time. The Ravens' preseason matchups with the Jaguars, Packers, Eagles and Redskins will all take place at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.


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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer on track for Friday start after tweaking left intercostal

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer on track for Friday start after tweaking left intercostal

The Washington Nationals dropped their first of three games against the Colorado Rockies, 7-5 Monday night.

Here's the latest Nats and Rockies news. 

Player Notes: 


Anthony Rendon (elbow) remained out of the Nats lineup Monday after getting hit by a pitch over the weekend in Miami. While it was the second-straight game he's missed, he could be available to pinch-hit soon. 

Shortstop Trea Turner has not yet been cleared to throw or hit. Turner has been taking grounders and participating in other baseball activities after fracturing his finger April 2. He is two and a half weeks into his projected 4-6 week rehabilitation. 

Max Scherzer is on track to make his scheduled start Friday against the Padres. The starting pitcher tweaked his left intercostal after dodging a foul ball in Sunday's game. 

Second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in the Nats' loss Monday. Dozier now has four home runs in a Nat uniform. He was also walked twice, raising his OPS to .669. 


Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson allowed five runs over three innings Monday night. Anderson walked three and allowed four hits. He also struck out four. Anderson was eventually pulled after giving up a home run to Brian Dozier in the third with two runners on. 

Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs Monday. His homer was his 1,000 hit of his MLB career. 

Relief pitcher Wade Davis allowed a hit, but didn't give up a run while earning the save in the team's win over the Nats. Despite giving up a double to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the ninth, the closer got his second save of the season. 

Mark Reynolds tied the game 5-5 in the fifth after a two-run shot off of Jeremy Hellickson. The first baseman went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. 


3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow hit by pitch, sidelined

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL

Coming Up:

Tuesday, 4/23: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Wednesday, 4/24: Nationals @ Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Friday, 4/26: Padres @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nats Park