WAER sports coverage

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll reunite with a familiar name around Syracuse University. In the 90s, many teams led by Jim Boeheim were centered around toughness. Ryan Blackwell often times was the one to exhibit that toughness. Today he's leading in another way, as the head coach of the Liverpool Boys High School Basketball team. 

Also this week on the podcast WAER's Jonathon Hoppe examines of the rich history of Wake Forest sending successful players to the NBA.

Battle Carries 'Cuse Past Wake Forest

Feb 11, 2018

One thing was consistent in what became a tale of two halves for the Orange: Tyus Battle.

Syracuse (17-8, 6-6) held on to scrape by Wake Forest (9-16, 2-11) 78-70. Battle put his fingerprints all over the contest, scoring a game-high 34 points. The sophomore's biggest strength on offense was his ability to score from near and far. In addition to his eleven points off free throws, Battle hit three triples.

'Cuse Looking for Revenge Vs. Wake Forest

Feb 11, 2018

January 3rd may seem like a short time ago, but for two ACC teams it seems like a distant memory.

On that Wednesday one month ago, Wake Forest (9-15, 2-10) defeated Syracuse (16-8, 5-6) by the score of 73-67 in Winston-Salem. Since then, the Demon Deacons have only won one game. Meanwhile, the Orange have gone 4-5 in that same stretch. Now, the two teams meet again today at the Carrier Dome.

After the most recent SU contest, a 78-73 win over Louisville, Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim spoke with the media.

The Syracuse Orange (1-0, 0-0) dominated the Binghamton Bearcats (0-1, 0-0) to start the season in a game full of highlight goals and flashy passes.

Just minutes into the game, it became clear that Syracuse was the better team. The Orange scored the first 13 goals of the game, leaving the Bearcats scoreless for the first 27 minutes.

Men's Lacrosse Hosts Binghamton in Season Opener

Feb 8, 2018

The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team will open up their 2018 season at home this Saturday, ­February 10th against their neighbors to the south, Binghamton University. The Orange finished last year’s season 13-3, and went into the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship ranked second overall, but ultimately lost 10-7 to No. 11 Towson in the quarterfinals.

If you had the Orange winning a shootout, you might have been alone. Syracuse (16-8, 5-6) shot an uncharacteristically high 47% from the field and 46% from three, which propelled them to a 78-73 victory over Louisville (16-8, 6-5).

Syracuse, coming off two straight losses, needed a big road win in the Bluegrass state. In those two losses, the Orange combined to score only 95 points, including a season-low 44 against No. 2 Virginia on Saturday.

Syracuse almost matched that total in the first half.

Syracuse (15-8, 4-6) will look to rebound after suffering a tough loss to Virginia when they take on the Louisville Cardinals (16-7, 6-4) at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinals will be looking for their fourth consecutive series win against a struggling Orange team that just recorded their lowest scoring in program history at the Carrier Dome when they could tally only 44 points against Virginia.

If Jim Boeheim is looking for any positive takeaways on the court, he will have a hard time finding one.

Despite the biggest crowd this season in all of college basketball, the 27,083 attendees could not push Syracuse (15-8, 4-6) past second-ranked Virginia (22-1, 11-0).

Coming off a disappointing 55-51 loss to Georgia Tech, Syracuse knew the path to the big dance was narrowing. The first team in their way was the red-hot Virginia Cavaliers. With the top-ranked defense in the country, the Cavaliers managed to reel off 13 straight wins and had yet to lose an ACC contest.

Orange Fall on the Road as Injuries Pile Up

Feb 1, 2018

With only seven scholarship players available on Wednesday night, Syracuse (15-7, 4-5) lost at Georgia Tech (11-11, 4-5) in a tight contest, 55-51. 

Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett played all 40 minutes of the contest. While they combined for 41 points, they also combined to go 12 for 44 shooting, just 27 percent. The Orange also committed 15 turnovers and registered just nine assists. 


105 -  BEST SPORTS STORY: "From the Marines to the Syracuse Sidelines."  

105 -  BEST SPORTS STORY: "Paving the Road"

 105 -  BEST SPORTS STORY:  "Remembering an S.U. Legend"

106 - BEST SPORTS SHOW:  Countdown to Kickoff: Pregame for Syracuse University vs. Clemson Football

  106 - BEST SPORTS SHOW:  Countdown to Tipoff: Pregme for Syracuse Universtiy vs. Kansas Basketball