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MBB : Points in paint, at free-throw line propel Syracuse in win over South Florida

first_img Published on February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments One play in the second half summed up not only Syracuse’s offense against South Florida, but also the Orange’s offense over the last few games.C.J. Fair lined up a wide-open 3 from the right wing and fired away. But the shot clanged off the rim. Fortunately for Syracuse, Kris Joseph hauled in the rebound on the baseline. He backed down a defender, maneuvered past him to the rim and finished off the glass with a foul before the help could come.The outside jumper didn’t fall, but Joseph’s work in the paint paid off.‘We want to take the ball inside more than anything instead of taking outside shots,’ Joseph said. ‘We did a good job of that today.’No. 2 Syracuse (28-1, 15-1 Big East) manufactured 28 points in the paint and scored 15 more at the free-throw line to knock off South Florida 56-48 in the Carrier Dome Wednesday. The Orange went just 3-of-9 from beyond the arc and struggled to hit jump shots all night. But after falling behind by 13 in the first half, SU pounded the ball inside to rally past the Bulls (17-11, 10-5 Big East) and hold on for the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We try to drive,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We’re not shooting great from the outside. … We’ve got to take it to the basket in those situations.’The Orange’s slow start on the offensive end came largely due to missed jump shots. SU started the game 2-for-14 from the field, allowing South Florida to build an 18-5 lead.After Boeheim called a timeout, Dion Waiters drove into the paint and finished off the glass with his left hand. The Orange’s bucket in the next possession came when Waiters again drove inside and found a wide-open Fair under the basket for an easy dunk.Those two plays started the decisive run of the game in which Syracuse scored 26 straight points to take a 33-20 lead.‘We saw the ball go in for us,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘We made some defensive stops and the crowd got into it. You get confident as you see the ball go in for you.’South Florida did manage to work its way back into the game, but SU’s offense continued to rely on getting the ball into the paint. Jardine said South Florida’s defense was the toughest Syracuse has seen this year, forcing the Orange to work for every bucket.But rather than settling for jumpers, SU continued to punch the ball into the paint.‘When the game’s close, you don’t want to just keep shooting jump shots,’ Fair said. ‘You want to get into the thick of the defense.’Joseph’s three-point play after Fair’s missed jumper gave the Orange a 12-point lead, but South Florida managed to cut that margin down to one with 6:29 left. SU failed to score on its next two possessions when Joseph missed a 3-pointer and Waiters forced up a fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line.But the next time Syracuse got the ball, Jardine extended the lead by driving to the hoop. He blew past USF big man Augustus Gilchrist after a pick from center Fab Melo and finished off the glass with a foul. He converted the free throw to put SU up 50-46.Joseph then followed Jardine’s example and muscled his way to the rim on the Orange’s next two possessions. He couldn’t convert on his first shot either time, but he grabbed his own rebounds and capitalized on the second chance to give Syracuse a six-point lead with less than three minutes to play. South Florida didn’t score the rest of the way.It wasn’t a pretty offensive night, as the Orange shot just 34.5 percent from the field. But by getting the ball inside, Syracuse did just enough to pull out the win.‘We want to take it how it comes,’ Jardine said. ‘Today, it was inside.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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John Paul II had intense relationship with married woman: BBC

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Feb 15 (PTI) Pope John Paul II had an intense relationship with a married Polish-born American philosopher for more than 30 years, according to previously unseen letters featuring in a BBC documentary that revealed a rarely seen side of the late pontiff.The former Vatican chiefs letters to writer Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, which feature in the documentary being shown by the BBC today, had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years.The letters do not indicate that the Pope, who died in 2005 at the age of 84 , broke his vow of celibacy, but the tone of some of his letters to her points to intense feelings between them, the broadcaster said.The letters show that the friendship began in 1973 when Tymieniecka contacted the future Pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, then Archbishop of Krakow, about a book on philosophy that he had written.The then 50-year-old travelled from the US to Poland to discuss the work.Shortly afterwards, the pair began to correspond. At first the cardinals letters were formal, but as their friendship grew, they become more intimate.The two spent camping and skiing holidays together and went on country walks.”Here is one of the handful of transcendentally great figures in public life in the 20th Century, the head of the Catholic Church, in an intense relationship with an attractive woman,” Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University, told the BBC.In 1976, Cardinal Wojtyla attended a Catholic conference in the US. Tymieniecka invited him to stay with her family at their country home in New England.advertisementShe appeared to have revealed intense feelings for him because his letters immediately afterwards suggest a man struggling to make sense of their friendship in Christian terms.In a letter dated September 1976, the pontiff writes: “My dear Teresa, I have received all three letters. You write about being torn apart, but I could find no answer to these words.”He goes on to describe her as a “gift from God”.The BBC has only seen John Paul IIs letters, not Tymienieckas side of the correspondence. She died in 2014.It is believed that copies of them were included in the archive that was sold to the Polish National Library by Tymieniecka in 2008, six years before she died.But they were not with the Popes letters when the BBC was shown them.The National Library of Poland has not confirmed that they have Tymienieckas letters.The letters revealed that Cardinal Wojtyla gave Tymieniecka one of his most treasured possessions, an item known as a scapular – a small devotional necklace worn around the shoulders.John Paul II was pope from 1978 to 2005 and was made a saint by the Catholic Church after his death. PTI AK PMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more

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