Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Comments DETROIT — Syracuse will keep on dancing.Even without its starting point guard over the final 6:39, Syracuse went on a big run to close out the game and beat No. 3 seed Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.Less than 48 hours after playing lockdown defense against high-powered No. 6 seed Texas Christian, Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-5, 16-2 Big 10), 55-53. A ferocious defensive effort by SU sent the Orange to the Sweet 16 in Omaha, Nebraska, next week.The Spartans entered the season ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25, has never been ranked lower than No. 9 and has been ranked outside the top-five for just two all weeks all season. MSU ended the year ranked No. 5 and, by some accounts, should have received an even higher seed than No. 3.But Syracuse’s strong defense prevailed. Tyus Battle led the Orange with 17 points and Oshae Brissett added 15 in the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are three quick takeaways from the game.Key stretchSyracuse went off on a 7-0 run over a 1:20 period late in the game, even with starting junior point guard Frank Howard out because he picked up his fifth personal foul on a questionable 50-50 ball near midcourt. MSU didn’t make a single field goal over the final 5:40 of game time.Brissett worked chaos way inside a crowd of white jerseys and converted a layup. Marek Dolezaj made two free throws. Former-walk on Braedon Bayer held his own at the top of the 2-3 zone and defense to keep SU in the contest and keep dancing on.Meat and potatoesAt points, Michigan State’s 21 second-chance points sucked the life out of Syracuse, elongated possessions and gave the mostly MSU-backed arena something to cheer about. The deep, well-balanced MSU offense had trouble all game against SU’s 2-3 zone. But collecting offensive boards — sometimes three on a single time down the floor — provided ample opportunities to maintain a lead until the closing minutes.The Spartans front line is no taller than that of Syracuse, but they are muscular and physical inside. They crashed the glass hard. But Syracuse’s defense mounted nearly every Spartan first-chance and maintained the gridlock defense that powered it past high-powered offenses in Arizona State, Texas Christian and now Michigan State.Twenty-six offensive rebounds weren’t enough for the Spartans because SU’s defense didn’t allow space and forced MSU to shoot 17-for-66 from the field.Brissett vs. BridgesArguably the two most talented players on the court, MSU sophomore Miles Bridges and SU freshman Oshae Brissett, matched up in several one-on-one situations. Both clearly indicated they were the alpha male of their respective team. Brissett took command of the SU offense, knocking down contested shots and maneuvering inside.With just over a minute left, Brissett grabbed a defensive rebound to set up a Battle step-back jumper that pushed SU’s lead to three. Brissett also had nine rebounds and played the whole game.
Former Ghana coach Frimpong Manso wants Coach Sellas Tetteh to be handed over the U20 coaching job permanently.Sellas Tetteh over the last six years has established himself at the U20 level having won one gold and bronze medal at the World Cup, a gold and silver at the African Youth Championship and the West African Championship.The Former Liberty Professionals trainer made a return to the Black Satellites team after then substantive coach Maxwell Konadu was assigned to assist with the Black Stars.After Ghana’s performance at the just ended tournament in Turkey, there have been suggestions that Coach Sellas Tetteh should be given the permanent responsibility of grooming the future stars.“If we look back at 2009 and what he did and what he has done this year then I think he has got something good to offer at this level,” said former Ghana coach Frimpong Manso“For me it will be in the right direction if he’s given 4 years or more in charge of the Black Satellites team. “At the U20 level he has done very well so I will agree with anybody who says he should be given let’s say four years mandate at that level.”
NORTHWOOD — Two Mason City women have been charged with embezzling money from a fast food restaurant in Worth County. The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says they took a call this week from the director of operations for Burger King who wanted to report two employees who had embezzled about $15,000 from the Burger King restaurant inside the Diamond Jo Casino as well as at the Burger King located in the convenience store complex near the casino. The Sheriff’s Department says a deputy interviewed both suspects, with both admitting to taking an undisclosed amount of money over a time frame of several months. 54-year-old Kristine Morrow was charged with first-degree theft while 41-year-old Angelina Hamilton was charged with second-degree theft. Both have made their initial appearance in court.