No. 4 San Diego St. looks to extend streak vs UNLV

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUNLV (14-14, 9-6) vs. No. 4 San Diego State (26-0, 15-0)Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 4 San Diego State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over UNLV. In its last five wins against the Runnin’ Rebels, San Diego State has won by an average of 14 points. UNLV’s last win in the series came on Jan. 27, 2018, an 88-78 victory. TEAM LEADERSHIP: The do-everything Malachi Flynn has put up 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists to lead the way for the Aztecs. Complementing Flynn is Yanni Wetzell, who is accounting for 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Runnin’ Rebels have been led by Bryce Hamilton, who is averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.BRILLIANT BRYCE: Hamilton has connected on 29.9 percent of the 97 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 13 over the last three games. He’s also converted 67.5 percent of his foul shots this season.STREAK SCORING: San Diego State has won its last 13 home games, scoring an average of 75.1 points while giving up 56.3.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Aztecs have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Runnin’ Rebels. San Diego State has 44 assists on 88 field goals (50 percent) across its past three outings while UNLV has assists on 42 of 94 field goals (44.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The San Diego State offense has recorded a turnover on only 16.4 percent of its possessions, which is the 29th-best rate in the country. The UNLV defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.8 percent of all possessions (ranked 271st among Division I teams).___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com No. 4 San Diego St. looks to extend streak vs UNLVcenter_img Associated Press February 21, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse’s comeback falls short in 62-58 loss to No. 7 Louisville

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first_imgWith a one-point lead, the ball and less than three minutes remaining, it looked as if Syracuse’s fourth-quarter comeback was going to result in its marquee win of the season against No. 7 Louisville.The Orange had been in this position before against ranked opponents away from home — they held fourth-quarter leads over then-No. 24 Michigan on Dec. 5 and then-No. 22 West Virginia on Dec. 22. But in both games, SU’s offensive possessions in the final minute were sloppy and the opportunity to add a ranked win to its résumé slipped away. On Sunday, it was Syracuse’s (6-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lack of aggression off a missed free throw that kept it from recording its biggest win of the season. With 30 seconds left and up by one, Louisville’s Elizabeth Balogun missed two free throws but got her own rebound after the second one and laid it in. On the ensuing possession, Kiara Lewis’ layup was blocked and grabbed by Balogun, who was fouled and sunk a free throw secure a 62-58 victory for Louisville (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Orange have one win in six tries against ranked opponents this season. In three of its five losses, SU held a lead with less than three minutes left in the game.In a season full of slow starts, SU came out firing on Sunday. Digna Strautmane and Lewis made sure Syracuse didn’t replicate its six-point first quarter last weekend against West Virginia. The duo combined for 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first quarter to give the Orange a one-point advantage after the first frame. Louisville’s Jazmine Jones provided the spark for the home team, finding pockets of space in SU’s zone and sinking four jumpers in the opening period. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s smart ball movement and shot selection in the first quarter disappeared in the second. They made just one field goal and scored seven points in the first nine minutes of the second quarter. Emily Engstler drilled a hook shot and 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to bring SU’s second-quarter tally to double-digits and the Cardinals’ lead to one. Syracuse’s strong perimeter defense held Dana Evans and Kylee Shook — two of Louisville’s three leading scorers — scoreless in the first half. In the third quarter, though, the Orange focused on closing down Jones, who logged 18 first-half points, allowing Evans and Shook to get open looks from behind the arc. They each sunk one to extend Louisville’s lead to as big as 11. SU’s jumpers weren’t falling so it started driving to the hoop, proving effective when Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi converted an and-one and Gabrielle Cooper took two trips to the line. That whittled the Cardinals’ lead down to seven heading into the fourth.SU clawed back to tie the game at 54 after freshman Teisha Hyman bottomed three 3s before the under-five minute media timeout. When Lewis and Amaya Finklea-Guity made a jumper and layup, the Orange had a one-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, their first lead since the midway point of the second quarter.But SU’s lack of concentration on defense and inability to execute on offense doomed it in the final two minutes, and soon it ran out of time. Syracuse didn’t have a free-throw attempt in the fourth quarter while the Cardinals had eight, six of which came in the final minute and 20 seconds. Comments Published on December 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Joy Sports’ Year in review: Top 10 stories in 2019

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first_imgAs the end of the year draws closer, it is only natural that we fall back into a reminiscing mood looking back on what has happened.The end of year juncture usually serves as a good nostalgic checkpoint to segment and assess the biggest stories in Ghana sports.Here, the Joy Sports team have chosen our top 10 biggest sporting stories in the year 2019. As you wade through them, we hope you’ll be overwhelmed with memories of the highs and lows in the year under review.Kotoko end wait for a group stage appearance in AfricaThe year started with Asante Kotoko qualifying for the group stage of a CAF inter-club competition for the first time since 2008. Kotoko had tried but failed until this year when they got it right. The Porcupine Warriors secured their place in the Confederation Cup thanks to a 5-3 aggregate victory over Cameroon giants Coton Sport. Kotoko claimed a surprised 3-2 win in Cameroon before wrapping up the tie with a 2-0 win in Kumasi.However, they failed to negotiate their way past the group stage as they crashed out of the competition. They accumulated seven points from six games. Read MoreIsaac Dogboe fails to solve Naverette conundrum After the shock defeat last year to lose his world title, Dogboe travelled to Tucson, the USA with the hope of redeeming himself and recapturing the super bantamweight title.But he was totally outclassed by the taller and more effective Navarette before a predominantly Mexican crowd at the Tucson Convention Center the chain of punishments in the rounds was brought to an end when father and trainer Paul Dogboe threw in the towel in round 12.The post-bout saw his father exclusively tell Joy Sports that he wants his son to quit the sport and go back to school. Dogboe is currently working on his return to the ring next year.Read MoreAsamoah Gyan shock Black Stars retirement Ghanaians were left bemused when Asamoah Gyan announced he will not represent the Black Stars again.He announced his decision with a month to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations.  But what triggered this? Certainly, something wasn’t right for Ghana’s all-time leading goalscorer.Rightly so, Gyan’s decision was due to the fact that head coach Kwesi Appiah had decided that he won’t wear the armband at the tournament.Appiah preferred Andre Ayew to wear the armband as substantive captain while Gyan serves as ‘General Captain’. It took the intervention of President Akufo Addo for the issue to resolve as Gyan returned to the team for the tournament. However, Kwesi Appiah’s decision stood as Ayew led Black Stars in Egypt.After the tournament, Gyan in an interview on Joy FM’s Morning show lamented the manner in which he was side-lined as captain.Read MoreGhana suffers worst AFCON performance in 13 years Events preceding the tournament had left Ghanaians with faint hopes of the Black Stars producing a stellar performance and in the process ending trophy drought.But Ghana suffered a round of 16 exit at the hands of Tunisia on penalties. This is after struggling to make it past the group stage. Ghana accumulated five points from a group containing Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.It was the team’s worst Africa Cup of Nations performance in 13 years. They had reached semi-finals in six straight tournaments – including two finals.Read More..Ghana spent $4.5m at 2019 AFCON Few days after the tournament, the Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah revealed at parliament that the country spent $4.5million at the tournament, the same amount paid as prize money for the winner, Algeria.He said the country budgeted $6.3million but with the Black Stars exit at the 1/16 stage in a match against Tunisia, the country saved $1.7million.He provided the breakdown of the expenses incurred with the highest budget item being accommodation at $1.14million while visa fees at $8,541 was the lowest.Read MoreGhana win gold in men’s 4x100m relay at African GamesIn August, Ghana won gold in the men’s 4×100 meters relay at the 2019 African Games in Morocco.Team Ghana, with the quartet consisting of Joseph Paul Amoah, Benjamin Azamati, Martin Owusu-Antwi, and Sean Safo-Antwi, tallied 38.30 seconds to bag the gold medal.Ghana ended the competition with a total of 13 medals – two gold, two silver and nine bronze.Read MoreJunior Agogo deadStill, in August, Ghanaians received the shock news of the death of former Black Stars striker Junior Agogo. He was 40.A family source confirmed his death to Joy News but would not confirm the cause of death.At 35, the former Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday striker suffered a stroke in January 2015.  He was featured in a 2017 BBC documentary titled Speechless where he revealed his struggles with speech.Agogo was cremated in September. Read MoreHe made 27 appearances for Ghana and scored 12 goals. His best Black Stars moment came at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations where he scored the winning goal against Nigeria in a quarter-final clash. Bukom Banku wins first fight outside GhanaIn September, popular boxer Bukom Banku hog the headlines, this time for the right reasons, after winning his first fight outside Ghana.He dropped his German opponent in round three at St George Hall in Bradford, UK.Banku was billed to fight Ferenc Albert but the Hungarian boxer pulled out at last minute, with organizers replacing him with Bilgetekin.He received rapturous welcome upon his return to the country.Read moreOsei Palmer disqualified from GFA presidential electionsOne of the frontrunners for the GFA presidential race, Wilfred Osei, popularly known as Palmer, was disqualified by Normalisation Committee acting as the Elections Committee.Palmer was disqualified on two grounds.He breached Article 33 (5) (c) of the GFA regulations which relates to player transfers.The NC also cited his comments after the Black Stars’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Palmer said Ghana would have qualified for the tournament if money was made available to pay unclassified and indemnity payments to referees.His appeal was rejected so he sent the case to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The verdict final is yet to be delivered.Read moreKurt Okraku becomes new GFA PresidentWith Palmer disqualified, the number of presidential aspirants reduced to six namely Kurt Okraku, George Afriyie, George Ankamah Mensah, Fred Pappoe, Nana Yaw Amponsah and Amanda Clinton.The six went head to head and Kurt Okarku emerged as President.He won the elections after three rounds of voting. He stood unopposed in the third round after his closest rival George Afriyie pulled out of the race.The only female candidate, Amanda Clinton, who had dominated many of pre-election discussions had zero vote.Prior to the presidential elections, regional and executive elections were held to constitute new GFA administration.Read moreDo you have a different list of top 10 Sports stories of 2019?Share with us…last_img read more