#13 Pittsburgh: 37 Syracuse: 10
Despite only being down 13-3 at halftime during last weekend’s game at Pittsburgh, Syracuse got pounded in the second half. The Orange were outscored 24-7 by the Panthers in the third and fourth quarter combined, with their lone score coming on an Averin Collier 1 yard touchdown run with 1 minute and three seconds left in the game. Pittsburgh picked off Syracuse’s two-headed quarterback attack three times (Paulus-twice, Nassib-once), one going for a score in the second quarter that made it a 13-3 game and knocked the wind out of the Orange.
On a more positive note, Delone Carter played well. He ran for 143 yards on 17 carries and busted a 58-yard run, good for 8.4 yards per carry. Some bad news to report (besides the lopsided loss, of course), comes in the form of season-ending injuries to two starters. Arthur Jones, senior starting defensive tackle, will miss the rest of the season with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. He will be sorely missed, as he has recorded 38.5 tackles for a loss throughout his career at Syracuse. Junior starting offensive tackle, Jonathan Meldrum, will miss the remainder of the season because of, yes, a torn meniscus in his left knee.
These two starters will definitely be missed by the Orange, as they have three remaining games against Louisville, Rutgers, and Connecticut, respectively. Antwon Bailey, Torrey Ball, and Andrew Tiller will play this weekend against Louisville as they were reinstated Monday.
Next up for the Orange (3-6, 0-4) is the other Big East team that is incapable of winning a conference game. They travel to Louisville this weekend to play the Cardinals (3-6, 0-4) at noon on Saturday.
Syracuse: 75 Albany: 43
Syracuse: 100 Robert Morris: 60
Head Coach Jim Boeheim became the 8th coach in division one history to reach 800 wins as the Orange easily handled Albany Monday night. Highly regarded transfer Wes Johnson scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in his regular season debut. Senior forward Arinze Onuaku scored 14 points, while sophomores Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine came off the bench to score 12 apiece.
For win number 801, the Orange beat up on Robert Morris Wednesday night. Every Syracuse starter was in double digits as Andy Rautins led the charge by stroking the ball for 22 points (7-10 from beyond the arc). Wes Johnson followed up an impressive debut with 15 points, and Arinze Onuaku equaled his first game’s 14 points. Freshman point guard Brandon Triche scored 12 points and dropped 7 dimes, while turning the ball over only once.
After winning these two opening round games of the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Syracuse (2-0, 0-0) basketball team hooks up with California (2-0, 0-0) this upcoming Thursday at 7 pm in Madison Square Garden. If they win, they will meet the winner of North Carolina and Ohio State on Friday.
The women’s basketball team begins its season this Friday (November 13th) at home versus Farleigh Dickinson University. They then play Presbyterian College Monday at 7 pm in the Carrier Dome. Next Thursday, they meet up with Alabama State at 7 pm in Manley Field House.
This past weekend, the Syracuse Field Hockey team beat Providence College in the opening game of the Big East Tournament 2-1, before losing to Connecticut 2-1. Regardless, #8 Syracuse (17-3, 6-0) will make their fifth ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. Their first game is this Saturday in Princeton, NJ against #9 Boston College. If they win, they stay in Princeton and play the winner of Stanford versus Princeton on Sunday.
The #11 Men’s Cross Country team won the school’s first Big East Championship on October 31st, while the #10 Women’s Cross Country team finished a respectable 3rd. Next up for the two teams is this weekend’s NCAA Northeast Regional (November 14th) in Boston, Massachusetts.
Coming into this Friday’s regular season finale with Villanova at Manley Field House, the women’s volleyball team is 2-1 in their last three games (wins versus DePaul and Binghamton, loss versus Notre Dame) and 20-10 overall with a conference record of 8-5.
Women’s Ice Hockey
Last weekend, the Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey team (4-5-1, 1-1-0) split a pair of games with the Niagara Purple Eagles. Last Friday, Syracuse won the first game of the two-game series by the score of 2-1. On Saturday, they lost by the count of 3-2 leading into their two-game series with Robert Morris next Friday (November 20) and Saturday (November 21) in Pennsylvania. Following the matchup with Robert Morris, the team travels to Hamilton, New York to play Colgate at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 24th.
Swimming and Diving
Next up for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams after opening their season at the Syracuse Invitational on October 16-17, is the Bucknell Open in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The event takes place from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6.