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Syracuse Orange pound Ottawa Gee-Gees inside complete 2013 Canadian tour a perfect 4-0



Syracuse Orange Pound Gee Gees Inside Complete 2013 Canadian Tour A Perfect 4 0

Ottawa, Ont. – (BasketballBuzz) – The Syracuse Orange completed a perfect 4-0 sweep of their 2013 Canadian university opponents by making quick work of the Ottawa Gee-Gees on their way to a 73-50 victory at Montpetit Hall.

The Gee-Gees hung tough in the first half, and kept pace with newest members of the ACC thanks to timely three-point shooting and trailed 34-28 at half-time as Ottawa sharp-shooter Johnny Berhanemeskel scored 13 of his team-high 15 points, despite two missed easy dunk attempts in the opening 20 minutes he led all scores at the break.

Four missed free-throws by Berhanemeskel in the opening minutes of the second half further squandered the opportunity to cut into the Orange advantage and just as quickly as the Gee-Gees were launching what should rank as a school record 44 three-point attempts, the lead ballooned to 26 points as Syracuse easily capitalized on 22-2 run while holding Ottawa scoreless for over an eight minute stretch.

DaJuan Coleman hurt the smaller Ottawa Gee-Gees with a game-high 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Orange while Rakeem Christmas collected a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. B.J Johnson added 9 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Jerami Grant also made an impact with 8 points and six rebounds.

Berhanemeskel was the lone Gee-Gees player in double-figures with 15 points and six rebounds. Vikas Gill sparked the Gees early with back to back treys and added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. Ottawa went 9-for-44 (20.5%) from the 3-point line and shot just 22% for the game, going 17-for-76.

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“I thought we definitely did fight and didn’t just get pushed around throughout the game, we got a bunch of offensive rebounds and got enough shots up (20 more), they were tough, but we ran some of the stuff that we liked and missed some shots, but that’s our identity.” said Berhanemeskel

Syracuse pounded the ball inside, managed a healthy shooting percentage at 53.6% from the floor and only attempted 7 shots from outside the arc. Jim Boeheim and the Orange edged out the Gee-Gees on the boards 49-39 despite 25 offensive rebounds by Ottawa.

“This has been a great trip and a really good experience for our players, the freshmen were able to get in there and see what they have do and learn that the things that they did in high school you cant do at this level.” a delighted Boeheim commented after the game.

When asked to describe the difference between the two games in Montreal and the ones in the Nations capital, the Hall-of-fame coach had this to say:

“These teams are just better, more experienced, better players and had we had to work hard up here in Ottawa, really had to work against Carleton and tonight we had to work hard. We had good stretch in the second tonight to get separation”

“Overall, these two games have been really good for us.”

<b>Game Notes </b>
Syracuse played without C.J Fair and the Ottawa Gee-Gees were also without starting PG Mike L’African who scored 24 points against the Wisconsin Badgers.

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Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again



Carleton Ravens And Syracuse Orange Set To Tangle Once Again

Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.

The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.

The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis

The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.

The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.

Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.

Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.

Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.

The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.

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James Naismith Classic NCAA triple-header to feature big names



James Naismith Classic Toronto Ncaa Basketball

For the past 20 years NCAA basketball teams have been making the trip north of the border to take on Canadian U Sports teams in early August as part of the NCAA vs. U Sports exhibition series.

Now it looks like we are ready for the next step — regular season, non-conference games between NCAA schools on fertile Canadian basketball soil.

According to multiple reports, and now officially released a massive six-team, non-conference, regular-season triple-header clash is set for Saturday, November 16th, 2019 in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena.

Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame — the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10) will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big 10). The Buffalo Bulls (MAC) will face the Harvard Crimson (Ivy) and the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) will square off against the Pac 12 champions Washington Huskies.

Eugene South Carolina Rutgers Set To Clash In Toronto Ncaa Regular Season Game
Eugene Omoruyi set to clash with South Carolina Gamecocks in Toronto – Photo: Rutgers

A total of six Canadian’s could be featured in the marque homecoming event including, Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi (Rexdale, Ont.), Harvard’s Danilo Djuricic Brampton, Ont.), and Luka Sakota (Oakville, Ont.). The Crimson also features Ottawa, Ont. duo Noah Kirkwood and Corey Johnson. Buffalo’s Dominic Johnson (Windsor, Ont.) would round-out the potential list.

Omoruyi a 6’7″, 234-pound bruising senior forward is coming off of his best season — leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounds at a respective 13.8 and 7.2 per game.

Noah Kirkwood Harvard Basketball NCAA Triple Header Clash
Noah Kirkwood controls the pace against Georgetown Hoyas – Photo: Harvard Athletics

Noah Kirkwood (6’7, 215 lbs) guard had a productive freshman season with 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists as the Crimson (18-11, 10-4 Conf) just missed out on the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament with a close loss to Yale in the conference title game.

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The Buffalo Bulls’ are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history with an outstanding 32-4, 16-2 record and a six-seed in the West region.†

Lamonte Turner Tennessee Volunteers Toronto NCAA Basketball Triple Header
Lamonte Turner & Tennessee Volunteers featured in Toronto NCAA Basketball Triple Header

The marquee match-up pits the Tennessee Volunteers against the Washington Huskies. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a strong 31-6, 15-3 campaign for head coach Rick Barnes – bowing out to Purdue in the Sweet 16.

The Huskies, although not a traditional Canadian destination, will become the first NCAA men’s basketball team to make back-to-back trips to Canada.

In 2018 the Vancouver Showcase tipped off — bringing four NCAA men’s (Washington, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Texas A&M) and eight women’s basketball team’s to the west coast of Canada — marking the first time NCAA division one games played in Canada counted as non-conference records.

With Toronto continuously out-churning the mecca (New York City) and other traditional American powerhouses for quality NCAA and NBA basketball prospects — it makes more than dollars and cents — much like the Empire Classic — to ensure that the northern city that never sleeps has it’s annual NCAA regular season dosage.

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