Storm finding success vs. Syracuse zone

469cbb91dfdfaa32eaaa5d255ff8791b

St. John’s has finally figured out a zone and holds a 37-32 halftime lead over Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. The Orange started hot, shooting 60 percent in the first eight minutes, but have cooled down offensively and looked soft on the other end. Justin Brownlee leads all scorers with 11 points.

How St. John’s closes it out: Keep attacking the zone. Whether it’s been Dwight Hardy or Malik Stith, the Johnnies have driven down the heart of the zone and kicked either to Brownlee or Justin Burrell for easy buckets. They’ve also found another way to beat the zone, which flustered them into shooting 37 percent in a January loss, by straight up beating it down court. If you can’t set up the zone, it can’t beat you.

How Syracuse comes back: Feed Rick Jackson. The Big East Defensive Player of the Year had all four of his points in the early going. St. John’s backcourt pressure has forced four turnovers from point guard Scoop Jardine and created easy-to-intercept cross-court passes. The Johnnies depth has disrupted the flow of Syracuse’s half-court set, as fresh legs have hounded Syracuse guards as soon as they cross halfcourt. The defense has been overly aggressive at times, leading to 11 fouls, but it’s an entirely brilliant strategy considering St. John’s has the bodies to pull it off and SU is the worst free-throw shooting team in the conference. The Orange have been more effective with freshman Dion Waiters in the game, as he has eight points to pace the third-seed. Fab Melo was surprisingly solid early, scoring six points and drawing two charging calls.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.