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Cohen: Triche, Southerland leave Syracuse with mixed legacies

first_img Related Stories LOST IN THE MOMENT: Familiar poor shooting dooms Orange 61-56 in Final Four loss to MichiganGallery: Syracuse takes on Michigan in the Final Four in AtlantaSubdued Marshall Street crowds require little police involvementSyracuse community reacts, reflects on SU’s fall to Michigan in the Final Four Published on April 7, 2013 at 4:09 am ATLANTA — In a way it made sense for their careers to end like this, draped in disappointment and missed shots with fulfillment a few points beyond their reach. They are simultaneously historic and humbled, at once the winningest duo in school history and one that never managed to win a tournament.Brandon Triche and James Southerland, two seniors whose careers came to an end Saturday with Syracuse’s 61-56 loss to Michigan, put forth four years of good not great, of hard work but with no hardware to show for it. The most successful stretch in Syracuse history came to an end with a less-than-stellar effort from two players that always hovered at less than spectacular.“As a senior, you know this is your last chance,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “You want to try to take advantage and seize opportunities. I think as a freshman and sophomore you think you’re invincible.”And Saturday inside the Georgia Dome, where Syracuse had a chance to return to the national championship game for the first time in 10 years, the seniors who won more than anyone else were outplayed by a freshman who is experiencing winning — and the starting lineup — for the first time.Mitch McGary, a 6-foot-10-inch forward not yet old enough to drink, handled the limelight with ease while displaying the poise and maturity expected from his counterparts. He scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists while leading the Wolverines to an 11-point halftime lead that Autry said created “an uphill battle all game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd for the players who won so many times in their career, that final hill was a bit too steep.Winning had been steady in Triche and Southerland’s reign, but little else ever was. Triche, who started every game he ever played for Syracuse, began as a point guard, moved to shooting guard and this year drifted somewhere between the two. And Southerland, a sweet-shooting forward with oodles of athletic ability, endured a rollercoaster career that included academic ineligibility, a stint in Jim Boeheim’s doghouse and 3-point shooting that was beautiful at times and brick-filled at others.Twice the two players were part of teams seeded No. 1 in both the Big East and NCAA Tournaments. Twice they came up without a trophy.Triche never morphed into the assassin that Boeheim thought he could be — in 2012 Boeheim said Triche didn’t realize how good he was — and failed to fill the go-to role that Dion Waiters craved a season ago. And Southerland, who set the Big East tournament record for most 3-pointers, did little to expand his offensive repertoire besides the predictable — and on Saturday easily guardable — catch-and-shoot from beyond the arc.Though they combined for 16 points against Michigan, Southerland was held scoreless for the first 38 minutes and Triche fouled out as his team attempted to make a comeback in the waning moments.The former missed his first seven shots including wide-open looks from beyond the arc. The latter passed up open opportunities in the lane and attempted only nine shots. When he was finally aggressive — and Syracuse trailed by two with fewer than 30 seconds remaining — he picked up a charge that sealed the game and ended his college career.“I was surprised (at how they played),” forward C.J. Fair said. “Definitely looking at James, he missed some 3s that he normally makes 100 percent of the time. Of course when you depend on that player to make those shots it kind of hurts. You get frustrated because you know he can make that.”But for four years what Triche and Southerland could do and what they did do have been two different worlds. They sat at the podium after the final buzzer sounded and said they came out flat in the biggest game of their lives. The energy was low. They weren’t as active as they normally are on defense.All things that are disheartening for Syracuse fans who see the potential and not the results, the glimpses but never the consistency.Meanwhile, a Michigan freshman seized the moment that Triche and Southerland could not. McGary picked the 2-3 zone apart out of the high post in the first half, making intelligent decisions that required him to read and react to a defense that stymied Indiana a week and a half ago.McGary tripled his season-high in assists by catching at the elbows and either kicking out to shooters or finding cutters down low. He looked like a player in his seventh year, not a player making his seventh start.“He’s a terrific player as a freshman,” Triche said. “I give him all the praise, just being able to come into the tournament and dominate. He really dominated.”At one point he even grabbed a long rebound and led a fast break himself, his 250-pound frame gliding across midcourt before leaving a perfect no-look pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup.What McGary has done in one year, Triche and Southerland failed to do in four. They were senior leaders who, at the season’s most pivotal point, could not take the lead.It left them one game shy of rewriting a misleading legacy. They’ve won more games than anyone else, but they have no hardware to show for it.And Syracuse’s historic duo left humbled once again.Michael Cohen is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected]; or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Portland Trail Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic undergoes the Surgery, no Nerve Damage

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is officially out indefinitely following successful surgery to repair a compound fracture sustained during Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania. The team also received some good news: Doctors reportedly found no nerve or muscle damage. Nurkic was injured during the second overtime, fracturing both his tibia and fibula on the left leg.Nurkic was taken to an area hospital immediately after the game. Rip City, as well as the rest of the league, wishes the best for Nurkic, who has had an incredibly productive season up to this point. Our Managing Editor Dave Deckard provided his thoughts about last night’s events earlier today.On Monday morning, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula and will be out indefinitely as he works his way back to full health.Nonetheless, the loss is a big one for the Blazers, who are in the midst of a fight for homecourt advantage in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Blazers head coach Terry Stots called the injury – and the resulting loss of Nurkic’s services – “devastating,” while Blazers All-Star guard Dame Lillard felt physically ill for his teammate.“It made me sick to my stomach,” Lillard said on the injury, via ESPN. “I think he tried to tip it in, he crashed the glass and I saw him hit the ground and roll over real quick, and I thought maybe he got hit in the face or something again. As I was walking over there, I saw everybody else turn around real quick and walk away, and then I looked and saw his leg — and you just hate to see that happen to him.last_img read more


first_imgTwo people have been seriously hurt after a head-on collision in the early hours of this morning.Two people have been seriously injured in the crash.A total of six people have been hospitalised as a result of the crash which happened on the Quay Road in Dungloe.All six people were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but only two are understood to be seriously injured. Emergency services rushed to the scenes of the crash which happened just after 6am.The identities of those involved have not been released but all are understood to be form the locality.A full Garda investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.The road has been closed while a full forensic examination takes place.  TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED FOLLOWING HEAD-ON COLLISION was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdonegaldungloeGardaiLetterkenny General HospitalSERIOUS INJURIESlast_img read more