Classic clashes: Five games that defined the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry

first_imgMarch 10, 1984Graham’s left hookIn one of the testiest games between Syracuse and Georgetown ever, the Hoyas pulled off an 82-71 win in the Big East tournament with the help of an extremely controversial call. The Orange held a three-point lead late in the game. Georgetown’s Michael Graham and SU’s Andre Hawkins were fighting for a rebound off of a Hoya miss when Graham punched Hawkins in the side of the face. Despite punching Hawkins, Graham was only called for a two-shot flagrant foul and was never ejected. Georgetown went on to win the hotly contested game.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim didn’t veil his emotions afterward.“I have only one thing to say: My kids did everything possible tonight, but the refs purely and simply took the game away from us,” Boeheim told reporters. “The ref didn’t even have the guts to call the correct foul, and then he had the nerve to turn around and call a five-second violation against my team.“Georgetown has a great team, but tonight the best team did not win.” Unrivaled historyFor more than three decades, Syracuse and Georgetown have played one of the most heated rivalries in college basketball. The games have been marked by incredible shots, heroic individual performances, controversial calls and verbal slights flung from both sides. It’s a rivalry between two founding members of the Big East that came to define the league as one of the best basketball conferences in the nation. With this being the final season for both teams in the Big East before Syracuse moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference, here’s a look at some of the highlights from the battles Syracuse and Georgetown have played through the years. March 10, 2006McNamara’s heroicsIn one of the greatest performances of his career, Gerry McNamara single-handedly led Syracuse to an incredible win over Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. The Orange was the No. 9 seed heading into the tournament, but put together a remarkable run thanks to McNamara. Against the Hoyas in the semis, McNamara scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, which helped SU overcome a 15-point deficit at halftime. He hit a 3-pointer – his fifth of the game – that brought Syracuse within one with 48.1 seconds remaining in the game. Then, with about nine seconds left, he found Eric Devendorf around the basket for the game-winning layup that sent the Orange to the final round against Pittsburgh.“You know, it was our time,” McNamara told reporters after the game. “We didn’t want to come down here just to win two games and go home. We wanted to come down here and try to win it.” Jan. 29, 1985Washington’s shotSyracuse’s Pearl Washington hit a jump shot with eight seconds left in the game to send Syracuse to a 65-63 win over Georgetown in the Dome. The Hoyas entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation. They turned the ball over with 34 seconds left in the game, prompting Boeheim to call a timeout. He drew up a play that ended with Washington hitting a 15-foot jumper to give the Orange a 64-63 lead. Georgetown’s Michael Jackson missed a desperation heave from almost midcourt with one second left in the game. The Orange won in front of 32,229 fans, which was the third largest crowd ever in the Dome to that point.-compiled by Chris Iseman, sports editor, [email protected] Comments Feb. 13, 1980Thompson closes Manley Field HouseAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game kicked off an intense rivalry that spanned three decades, and set the tone for the type of battles Syracuse and Georgetown would play for years to come. The Orange was ranked No. 2. The Hoyas, unranked. But Georgetown came into Manley Field House and upset Syracuse 52-50, ending the Orange’s 57-game home winning streak. Syracuse held a 14-point lead at halftime, but saw it disappear in the second half.  Eric “Sleepy” Floyd hit two free throws in the game’s closing seconds to pull off the upset win.After the game, Georgetown head coach John Thompson famously said, “Manley Field House is officially closed.”center_img Published on February 22, 2013 at 2:20 am March 4, 1990Three techs for ThompsonWith 2:14 left in the first half, Georgetown head coach John Thompson drew his first technical foul when the Hoyas’ Dwayne Bryant was called for fouling Syracuse big man Derrick Coleman. As Coleman stood at the line taking his free throws, Thompson continued to yell at referee Jim Burr. Burr gave him a technical foul for abusive language. Reacting to the call, Thompson stomped the floor angrily, so referee Larry Lembo gave Thompson a technical foul for that. After retreating to the bench, Thompson decided to come back out on the floor. Referee Pete Pavia gave Thompson his third technical foul and ejected him from the game.Thompson’s son, Ronny, was playing for Georgetown at the time. When he entered the game in the second half, the Carrier Dome crowd greeted him with chants of, “Where’s your dad, Ronny, where’s your dad?”Coleman hit one of his two free throws from the personal foul, then knocked down five of six from the technical fouls. Billy Owens drained a 3-pointer for Syracuse right after to give SU a 43-36 lead. With one second left in regulation and Georgetown holding a two-point lead, the Hoyas’ Sam Jefferson fouled Owens. He hit both free throws and tied the game. Syracuse ended up winning in overtime, 89-87. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC bids farewell to Dornsife Dean Steve Kay

first_imgMany hats · Steve Kay speaks with a researcher in the Kay Lab, which he led in addition to his responsibilities as dean. – Photo courtesy of Max S. GerberNestled in the Temporary Research Facility in the northwest corner of campus, the Kay Lab with its greenhouses and pipetting stations is a world apart from the stately interior of Bovard Auditorium. But Steve Kay, outgoing dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has comfortably moved between the two for the last three years, swapping his jacket for a lab coat.On Monday, Kay left USC to assume his new role as president of The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. Dornsife executive vice dean Dani Byrd will become interim dean on Tuesday.“Leading with enthusiasm and dedication, Dean Kay ensured the continued excellence of our institution’s oldest and most diverse academic unit over his three-year tenure,” Provost Michael Quick said in a statement on Sept. 18 when the announcement was made. “He leaves USC in a stronger position to solve some of society’s most challenging problems that ultimately serve the global public good.”Kay’s journey to USC took him across the Atlantic from his childhood home in the Isle of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy, France. His father, a retired electrical contractor, and his mother, who worked in a knitwear factory, never finished high school. His grandfather was a commercial lobster fisherman. Kay said his teachers nurtured his interest in science.“Certainly there was a connection to biology through where I grew up, a small island in a massive tidal zone, but really it was teachers, and it was teachers who had a passion for their students,” Kay said.Kay is a prolific researcher and a pioneer in the field of circadian rhythms, biological processes in plants and animals that follow a day-night cycle. In addition to his responsibilities as dean, he heads the Kay Lab, which focuses on understanding circadian rhythms at the molecular level.“He’s really supportive, he’s really pushing us to think in an innovative way, pushing the limits, and I think that’s inspiring,” said Sabrina Sanchez, a post-doctoral fellow who joined the Kay Lab in 2013.Kay said that his role at TSRI will give him the opportunity to pursue translational research and drug discovery, both of which he has a keen interest in. Personal factors also played a role in the decision — he has young children who live in San Diego — but Kay said the decision was an agonizing one, taken in consultation with mentors removed from both Scripps and USC.“What’s attracted me about returning to Scripps is there’s a real opportunity to participate in changing something that I’ve had a lifelong passion about, and that is right in my sweet spot as a scientist,” he said.Kay said he will be working to address the unmet needs created by the market-driven pharmaceutical industry, helping to develop new, cost-effective treatments for patients in the nonprofit sector. One of his biggest challenges will be to make the institute more independent of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the primary source of federal research dollars, which he said “waxes and wanes” depending on the state of the economy.“These things just don’t come along very often, and if you let them go, I was concerned that I’d have spent quite a bit of the rest of my life wondering, what if?” Kay said.Kay began his tenure as dean of Dornsife in 2012 after serving as the dean of the division of biological sciences and the Richard C. Atkinson Chair in biological sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Kay said he was attracted by the “fierceness of the leadership” at USC, including then-Executive Vice Provost Quick, then-Provost Elizabeth Garrett and President C. L. Max Nikias.“I wanted to come to a university that I saw was really on the move,” he said.Kay said that balancing his responsibilities as dean with his role as a researcher was challenging, but also gave him unique perspective.“Being an active researcher gives you credibility with the faculty,” he said. “I was up  ’til two in the morning last night finishing an NIH grant application, just like any of the other faculty members were.”Kay spoke about some of the initiatives he was most proud of during his time at USC, including the expansion of the quantitative social sciences centered in Dauterive Hall. He mentioned the creation of new majors for Dornsife students including international relations (global business) and geodesign, as well as new chemistry teaching labs for undergraduates.Kay also noted his efforts to assist students in pre-med and pre-health tracks including preparation for the new MCAT and other programs for students interested in the health sciences. He pushed for the creation of scholarships to help students participate in co-curricular activities such as Problems Without Passports and summer research.“Overall, I’m really proud of how, in general, we’ve massively raised the profile of USC Dornsife,” Kay said. “We’re more visible, I think, than when I came here.”Kay described his guiding philosophy as dean of the University’s largest academic division.“It has to be an unwavering commitment to academic rigor and quality in the faculty because that is the core body by which we are able to deliver our mission,” he said.That mission, Kay said, involves the creation and transmission of knowledge through research and teaching, as well as the translation of knowledge for public benefit.“That could be a drug that comes out of a lab, it could be a policy that comes out of a paper, it could be an understanding of social injustice and its role in the economy,” he said.Kay emphasized that becoming dean was not merely the next rung on the academic ladder, but a commitment to serve.“You have to have that humility and as I close that door late at night each day when I leave here, I try to remember that, who am I going to serve tomorrow,” he said.Kay said that the most exciting yet difficult part of his job was the “massive depth and breadth” of Dornsife.“It’s this exhilaration to be talking with somebody who is bridging philosophy and physics, you know, really looking at the edges of our understanding of the universe and what it actually means to ponder to be human or to ponder religious experience when you’re thinking about the weird physics that happens at the very edge of the universe,” he said.That interdisciplinary nature of Dornsife, Kay said, also makes it difficult for the college to have a clear identity.“Dornsife’s challenge is we’re a hairball. In the modern world of networks and connectivity, we’re this massive hairball — we’re both nowhere on campus and we’re all over the campus,” he said.Kay said a big challenge for his successor will be making sure that the research efforts of the University are coupled with the course curriculum. He said another challenge for the next dean will be to continue to articulate the value of foundational degrees in the liberal arts during a time when that value is constantly questioned.“Our students are pounded with, quite frankly, misinformation about what a liberal arts degree gets you, and I think we have to constantly be data-driven and calm and informed about helping our students understand that a degree in narrative writing, a degree in art history, a degree in psychology, all of these amazing educational experiences that we have at Dornsife provide you a platform to be adaptable and critical and synthetic,” he said.Kay’s parting advice to students was to engage with faculty and seek out opportunities both within Dornsife and USC. Though he is staying on as an adjunct faculty member and adviser to the provost, he said he will miss the school spirit of USC and is leaving laden with items from the bookstore.“Before I came here I might have made the mistake of thinking that the Trojan Family had to include a helmet and pads, and I love the team, but I’ve really learned that the Trojan Family is much, much more than that,” he said.last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Lamar Jackson playing Thursday night? (Updated)

first_imgMORE TNF: DraftKings Showdown | Ravens-Jets start ’em, sit ’em | Betting previewIs Lamar Jackson playing Thursday night?OFFICIAL UPDATE: Lamar Jackson is officially ACTIVE for Thursday Night Football.Every sign points to Jackson playing. Multiple reports indicated an improvement in Jackson’s movement from Monday to Tuesday at practice, and Jackson told reporters he’d just had a little scare after taking a hit to the quad on his 61-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hurst last Sunday. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAfter Tuesday’s practice, Jackson confirmed to reporters that he’ll play Thursday, saying “I’ll be out there Thursday night.” WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIf that wasn’t enough confirmation for you, Jackson’s full practice participation Wednesday basically sets it in stone. Barring some weird pregame tweak potentially stopping him from playing and forcing Robert Griffin III into a starting role, Jackson will be out there.Regardless of whether Jackson can move around as well as he normally can, you’re starting him in every fantasy league once his active status is made official at about 6:50 p.m. ET on Thursday night. Lamar Jackson (quad) is questionable for Ravens vs. Jets on Thursday Night Football. Jackson apparently sustained the quad injury last Sunday against Buffalo. He was a limited participant on the Ravens’ practice report Monday and Tuesday before being a full participant Wednesday. With Week 15 being right in the middle of the fantasy playoffs, Jackson’s fantasy football owners need him starting and will surely be checking for updates until the official active/inactive is released. We’ll have updates below in the meantime and right up until kickoff. For more fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.last_img read more