Fair gets on track with double-double against Long Beach State

first_img Related Stories FAIR SHARE: Five SU players score in double figures in rout of Long Beach State Published on December 7, 2012 at 12:47 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu C.J. Fair darted down the lane. Left alone as Long Beach State doubled Syracuse center DaJuan Coleman, Fair cut to the hoop and drew a foul 19 seconds into the game.The Syracuse forward stepped to the free-throw line, took the ball and knocked down his first shot. He stayed at the line, received the ball again and drained his second attempt.“The way I shot them, I felt it was going to be a nice little day for me,” Fair said.Fair’s feeling proved to be right as he finished with team-high 16 points and career-high 13 rebounds in Syracuse’s 84-53 win over Long Beach State at the Carrier Dome on Thursday night. On a day when five Orange players scored in double figures, Fair generated his own offense on the glass and set the tone with his active play around the rim.After leading the team with 17 points against San Diego State in the season opener, Fair struggled to find his rhythm in the next five games. The forward said he came out focused on getting into a groove early on Thursday. It translated into a standout performance in yet another dominant victory over a nonconference opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“C.J. was really good,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I should have started with that. He was the best he’s played all year. He was really on the boards aggressively and I thought he did a really good job.”Nineteen seconds into the game, Fair found his rhythm and confidence with his cut to the basket and trip to the foul line. The opening sequence encapsulated Fair’s performance the rest of the night. He was aggressive, and he finished his opportunities.Fair grabbed his first offensive rebound on SU’s second possession, cleaning up on the glass for his first field goal following misses by Rakeem Christmas and Coleman. The Orange was off and running behind Fair, who scored 10 of the team’s first 20 points.He was there for the offensive rebound after Michael Carter-Williams failed to finish a lob at the rim. He stuck with the play after his follow missed and finished at the rim to put SU up 16-4.His putback slam as the half wound down gave Syracuse a 44-26 advantage, and brought his totals to 12 points and eight rebounds. Only one field goal came off an assist, and six points came following offensive boards.Fair was leading the charge with hustle plays as his teammates operated within the offense.“Sometimes a play’s not going to be ran for you so you got to find other ways to get the ball in the basket,” Fair said. “So today I was just active on the offensive glass and that got me a few easy points.”Coming out of the break, Fair showed his range with his third 3-pointer of the season. The forward sat behind the arc as Carter-Williams sliced into the lane. The point guard found him wide open, and Fair said he felt in rhythm – just as he did on the free throws to open the game.Fair held his follow through for a moment as the ball swished through the net, and SU’s lead grew to 20. Less than a minute later, he rose up in the paint to corral another offensive rebound, drew a foul and hit one of two free throws.“As you can see, nobody can check him when he gets that rebound and go back up,” Coleman said. “He’s either going to get fouled or make the basket so that definitely helps us out a lot.”A little more than four minutes later, after adding his 12th and 13th rebounds, Fair’s night was done.More than 13 minutes remained and Syracuse was well on its way to victory with a 25-point lead. Fair shined in a game where the Orange rode a balanced effort to the easy win.And it all started 19 seconds into the game with a pair of free throws.“Today I felt my rhythm early,” Fair said. “I think I was active on the offensive and defensive glass and a couple balls fell my way and I was able to get to them.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 1 Wake Forest defeats Syracuse, 1-0, after failing to win last 2 seasons

first_imgWake Forest junior Machop Chol raced down the right side of Syracuse’s penalty box before playing a ball across the center of the penalty area.Defender Dylan McDonald slid in for the block but was too late. Midfielder Simon Triantafillou tried to stop the ball with his outstretched foot, but he couldn’t. Demon Deacons’ striker Justin McMaster was all alone at the far post. As easy as his finish was to give Wake Forest the win, the Orange made life difficult for the nation’s No. 1 team the entire evening.One quality run behind SU’s defense, pass and finish proved the difference as No. 1 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Syracuse (2-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC), 1-0, on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Orange had been a difficult foe for the WFU the past two seasons when the Orange played them to a draw in 2017 and beat WFU 2-0 in 2018. “You’re on the road against an elite team, you’re going to absorb pressure,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We worked extremely hard, I thought the front three and midfield block were excellent, we really limited their chances.”Outside of what McIntyre said was a 10-to-15 minute stretch where SU was under heavy pressure, SU’s effective and selective pressing and solid defending kept Wake Forest out of dangerous areas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen starting goalkeeper Christian Miesch was called into action, he made the necessary saves, including one in the 87th minute when McMaster was in on goal at the top of the box. Miesch kept the Orange in the game with a diving save in the 51st minute and another routine save on a swirling long-range shot in the 84th minute. SU probed the WFU defense, but never broke through. senior Massimo Ferrin’s late free kick whipped into the waiting arms of Wake Forest goalie Andrew Pannenberg. Once SU went down, McIntyre opted to pull off Ferrin and midfielder Ryan Raposo, giving them one final rest and instructions before putting both on with striker Luther Archimede for the final minutes. “I wanted to get them a breather,” McIntyre said. “We left it all out there. They had a couple chances in the last minute in transition once we were throwing everything forward.”The Orange switched their formation, McIntyre said, and he wanted to inform them of the switch. Archimede and Ferrin tried to hold up the ball and spark counterattacks the entire night. They created half chances, but never had one the moment like WFU had earlier in the half to grab the lead. When midfielder Julio Fulcar received a pass 12 yards from goal, he was unable to bring it down to his feet without an incidental strike of his hand, nullifying the chance. In total, the Orange produced eight shots, but just one on goal and only two in the second half.“It’s how you then go and support those front guys,” McIntyre said. “If I was going to be critical of one thing, our final pass could have been a little bit sharper tonight.”SU sent more numbers forward late, but never generated a high-quality scoring chance. The best opportunity came for Archimede, whose left-footed shot in the final minutes skidded wide of Pannenberg’s post.Wake Forest’s defending pair of Michael DeShields and Nico Benalcazar shut down most of Syracuse’s attacks before they entered the penalty box, and while the Orange were mostly successful in negating the Demon Deacons’ attacks in the opening frame, one  cross won Wake Forest the game.“Our back four really limited their chances,” McIntyre said. “We out connected passes, just that final delivery and final pass selection was not quite good enough. I think we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation.”The Orange will now travel to Colgate next to take on the Raiders on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Comments Published on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more