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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After seeing Tyler Lydon score only two points in Syracuse’s season opener, Jim Boeheim was quick to identify the root of the sophomore’s struggles. Lydon had yet to make a shot in three games behind the arc (including two exhibitions), so the head coach’s remedy was simple: Get closer.“He’s more effective when he’s around the basket,” Boeheim said of Lydon after SU’s win over Colgate last week. “He’s not really getting a lot of looks out there, they’re guarding him.”“… He’s got to get on the offensive boards a little bit better and when he gets it down there, he’s got to finish.”By the end of No. 18 Syracuse’s (2-0) 90-46 dismantling of Holy Cross (0-2), Lydon fulfilled every one Boeheim’s words, sinking 6-of-7 shots and totaling 17 points. The first 10 came in direct vicinity of the basket, punctuating a performance rivaled only by Andrew White’s 19 points.Against Colgate, Lydon’s shooting slump reared just feet in front of the Raiders’ bench, as the sophomore whiffed on a pair of 3s. Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome, Lydon found himself repeatedly in the same spot. But this time, he cut. He drove. He moved. Anything to distance himself from a dismal shooting night, and it worked.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was trying to get after it on the boards and just play my game,” Lydon said.That meant almost completely abandoning the 3-point shot early, and cheating toward the basket at times against mismatched defenders. It didn’t take long to realize he could easily pierce his way through the Crusaders’ protection, and his first points of the night came on a third-chance play.John Gillon heaved an errant 3-pointer that Tyler Roberson scooped up, and he subsequently missed a short jumper. But there was Lydon, rooted under the basket, standing taller than every defender Holy Cross dispatched to the floor. Lydon elevated and dropped in the basket to equal his production from a game ago, and more importantly, map out a plan to feast inside the rest of the game.Liam Sheehan | Staff PhotographerHe handled a missed alley-oop attempt from Gillon, maintaining the wherewithal to come down with the ball and score on the way back up. He drew a pair of fouls around the hoop, converting on 3-of-4 free-throw attempts. He did almost everything he hadn’t been, and missed only one of his five shots in the first 20 minutes.“He’s going to learn throughout the course of the year,” White said, “when you’re the red X on everybody’s scouting report, you have to be able to find ways to get yourself going. Get cheap buckets and provide what your team needs.”Exiting the tunnel after the halftime, the lone remaining objective for Lydon remained beyond the 3-point arc. He tried only once in the first half, and it was his only shot gone awry. Lydon said last week that his success from deep needed to happen “naturally.” That didn’t mean he couldn’t help himself beforehand, which he did before Syracuse’s Monday practice.Under the watch of assistant coach Adrian Autry, Lydon jogged back and forth between both corners behind the arc. Three team managers shagged rebounds as Lydon consecutively shot a pyramid seven from each corner, meaning he shot and consecutively made seven, six, five, four, three, two and finally one 3 from both spots on the floor.With a solid offensive game already padding is stat line, Lydon’s 3-point work came to quickly fruition in the second half. On a dish from Frank Howard, Lydon heaved a 3 just feet from the far corner he spent most of the time before Monday’s practice in. The shot fell, and Syracuse’s bench rose in celebration.“I’m pretty hard on myself,” Lydon said, “but I try to let it go. I knew my offense was going to come.“… You always think about what happened in the past and you try and move on from it.”If nothing else, that’s what Tuesday’s blowout illustrated: Lydon moved on. Fittingly it was on the day he joined college basketball’s elites on the Wooden Award watch list, and he looked like he belonged. Not only on the list, but as the focal point of Syracuse’s offense. Comments Published on November 15, 2016 at 9:08 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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first_imgIf Ryan was close enough to the Dodgers’ dugout to prep for the Mattingly interview, did she not see the exchange take place? Did someone in the TBS production truck fail to tell her about it?• PHOTOS: Mets eliminate Dodgers in Game 5A TBS spokesman said only that there was “a miscommunication,” without singling anyone out.The Twitter world, of course, was among the first responders.Keith Olbermann, a one-time Fox Sports MLB playoff dugout reporter, sent out a four-part tweet that began: “You cannot cannot cannot do an in-dugout interview with a manager who just got screamed at and not ask him about it #EvenIfHeWalksAway … I mean if the interviewee tells you he won’t talk about it, you say that, and you move on — you’re in the clear.” There was some misinformation also put out that Ryan’s interview came before the Mattingly-Ethier incident, but that was not true.Sam Ryan did not address the “miscommunication” on her Twitter account with any posts explaining.After the game, Mattingly told the media that he was simply trying to calm Ethier after he disputed a strikeout so that he would not get thrown out of the game by the umpire.“He’s maybe yelling at me because I’m trying to settle him down, but it was nothing between us,” Mattingly said in a post-game interview carried on SportsNet L.A.What just happened?The one live shot that TBS could have used in Friday’s coverage was one in the top of the fourth inning that picked up the Mets’ Daniel Murphy catching the Dodgers asleep as he went from second to an unguarded third base after Greinke walked Lucas Duda.With a live shot on Greinke for a reaction after the walk, the Dodgers pitcher flinched as he noticed the Murphy play happening before him. TBS, however, cut to a replay of the final pitch of the Duda at-bat before play-by-play man Ernie Johnson exclaimed: “And look at Murphy taking third!”Yes, we’d like to, but we can’t.Darling immediately explained how the base wasn’t covered because of an exaggerated shift on Duda that put all but one infielder on the right side. It took a high-angle replay from third base — and the one from the Goodyear blimp — to finally actually show what really transpired.A sacrifice fly later, the Mets tied the score.“To all you analytic guys with the shifting, everything went ‘tilt’ right there,” Darling said, summarizing the play again and allowing for some distain for that strategy to come through.The Dodger spinIt was, as Dodgers executive Ned Colletti described it, “a precious moment” when the SportsNet L.A. cameras captured a pre-game speech that Joc Pederson’s older brother, Champ, gave the team in the clubhouse before Game 5.But there was little precious about the Dodgers’ analysis of what happened in the series finale during the post-game show.“They made mental mistakes, they didn’t execute and when you go 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position, it’s tough to win a ballgame,” said Nomar Garciaparra.“I think about the details you have to think about in a do-or-die kind of game,” said Orel Hershiser. “There’s no time to take a breath, no time to let your foot off the gas pedal. (Sigh) It bugs me. It really bugs me because this is what you prepare for. It’s sad to end the season like this.”“It’s sad but it’s not surprising,” added Garciaparra.Who was watchingTuesday’s TBS broadcast of Game 4 of the Dodgers-Mets series did an 8.9 rating in L.A. and 13.5 in New York. That was to date the greatest Nielsen number for either city this postseason, but it will likely be topped by Thursday’s Game 5.What’s strange is to explain the disparity in the L.A. ratings for the four TBS broadcasts.After Game 1 did a hearty 8.1 rating on a Friday — which resulted in a Dodgers loss — the L.A. market came back only with a 6.3 rating to see the controversial Game 2 win on Saturday.Monday’s Columbus Day Game 3 was confusingly even worse — just a 4.9 rating. Then came Tuesday’s 8.9 for Game 4, an 82 percent jump, as Clayton Kershaw saved the series. The four-game average was 7.0.In New York, the four games went 10.1, 10.5, 10.9 and 13.5 for a series average of 11.2.With the help of the Chicago Cubs winning the other NLDS, TBS is up 44 percent over last year’s post-season ratings at this point in the proceedings. But a loyal St. Louis audience also helped that tremendously.Now, the Cardinals are gone and two of the three most populated TV markets are left in the National League.Those at the MLB said the entire 2015 postseason was up 16 percent over last year. TBS has averaged 5.5 million viewers a night before Friday’s game, the most since 2007.The American League Division Series had the element of Canada’s Sportsnet involved in the coverage of the Toronto Blue Jays.The insistence of MLB Network to take two playoff games continues to be a ratings embarrassment. The cable channel owned by the league had Game 2 of the Toronto-Texas ALDS on Oct. 9 and Game 3 of the Kansas City-Houston ALDS on Oct. 11. The games combined for a 1.9 rating, which is a marginal 6 percent increase over 2014, and the highest combined rating since post-season games have been on the MLB Network in 2012.Stop it, now. Looks like there were quite a few instances of failures to communicate in Thursday’s NLCS Game 5 between the Dodgers and Mets.The first was when a live camera pointed down at the Dodgers dugout caught an animated discussion between a visibly upset Andre Ethier and manager Don Mattingly in the bottom of the third inning. TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken guessed it had to do with Mattingly not being too happy with Ethier’s inability to move a runner into scoring position.Moments later, TBS reporter Sam Ryan was asked to do a taped interview with Mattingly, taking place between the bottom of the third and top of the fourth inning. It aired after a commercial break coming into the fourth inning.But given time to ask two questions, Ryan didn’t at all address the Mattingly-Ethier situation. She asked first about how the Dodgers were doing against Mets starter Jacob de Grom — which Mattingly implied there was a lack of execution since it would “have been nice to have cashed in a few more” runs — and then Mattingly’s assessment of Zack Greinke’s performance.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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