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  • May 13, 2019
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse has made a habit of feasting on lesser opponents this season. That trend continued Monday night, so it was difficult to gauge just where Jim Boeheims team is with just two games to go before the start of ACC play.We made some shots tonight. Were still making some mistakes we want to eliminate, Boeheim said.Eight Orange players scored in double figures and Syracuse cruised to a 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan.Syracuse (7-4) shot 59 percent from the field, including a season-high 15-of-28 from beyond the arc. The Orange had 34 assists on its 37 baskets and assisted on all 19 field goals in the first half. Frank Howard had 10 points and 11 assists. Backcourt mate John Gillon had 14 points and nine assists.Tyus Battled had 18 points to lead the Orange, Andrew White III scored 14, and Dajuan Coleman added 12. Taurean Thompson had 11, and Tyler Roberson had 10.Tyler Lydon had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in the first 16 minutes before leaving the game with a strained Achilles. Boeheim said he didnt know if Lydon would be available Wednesday against St. Johns.We dont have any more leeway to lose so were just going to approach it with that mentality. This is just one game in the right direction. No disrespect to that team but these havent necessarily been the games that have determined what well be as a team, White said. Were 7-4. Its not where we wanted to be.White was brutally honest when asked if his team was ready for ACC play, which starts New Years Day.Today were not because our record doesnt show anything that would determine us to be a good team in the ACC right now, so luckily we have two games to get ready. We have a lot of work to do but we can be ready by ACC play if we choose to.Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy was a bit more impressed.This was a huge step for them, losing four out of their last six, and then to win a game like this builds confidence. Syracuse is going to be a good basketball team moving forward.Quaran Jones led the Eagles (6-5) with 12 points. Jordan Nobles had 11 and 10 rebounds for his first-career double-double, while Willie Magnum IV scored 10.The Orange raced to a 52-24 halftime lead on 19-of-32 shooting from the field, including eight 3-pointers.Syracuse freshmen Thompson and Battle came off the bench and combined for 21 first-half points.Eastern Michigan, which entered the game shooting 47 percent from the field and averaging 84.8 points a game, shot 35 percent.BIG PICTUREEastern Michigan was sloppy Monday, committing a season-high 20 turnovers, many of which were unforced.Syracuse continued its pattern of beating up on lesser opponents.TIP INSEastern Michigan: The Eagles three leading scorers were held below their season averages. Willie Mangum IV (17.5) had 10; Ray Lee (17.4) scored just two; James Thompson IV (15.6) managed four.Head coach Rob Murphy spent seven seasons as an assistant under Jim Boeheim.Entering Mondays game the Eagles were fifth in the country with 117 steals, and second in steals per game at 12.6.Syracuse: Tyus Battle hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.Andrew White was 4 of 8 from behind the arc.White has scored in double figures in all of Syracuses games.Taurean Thompson had five assists, several of the no-look variety. Frank Howard leads the ACC in assists.UP NEXTEastern Michigan hosts Marygrove College Thursday.Syracuse hosts former Big East rival St. Johns Wednesday. Terrell Suggs Jersey Cardinals . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. Patrick Peterson Color Rush Jersey . Just not the game. Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night. . PETERSBURG, Fla. Arizona Cardinals Gear Cheap . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Josh Rosen Youth Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Life is sometimes difficult as a West Bromwich Albion fan. The club rarely battles for cup success, almost never challenges for the Premier League title, and routinely found themselves fighting to stave off relegation over the past few seasons.But the Baggies faithful were treated to a nice opening weekend win over Crystal Palace, and hope to continue that success at home against Everton on Saturday.The Baggies failed to earn three points until their fourth contest of the season last term, and ended that campaign on a nine-match winless run after knocking off Manchester United, 1-0, on March 25. Needless to say, Salomon Rondons 74th-minute winner against Palace was a welcome relief for both West Brom fans and manager Tony Pulis, who has yet to truly dip into the transfer market as the club settles into the ownership of Chinese entrepreneur Guochuan Lai.West Brom captain Darren Fletcher hailed Rondons performance against Palace.Salo was fantastic, Fletcher said. He ran the line, held the ball up and battled really well against their two centre-backs. He looks fit and strong and is definitely in better condition than he was last season which is good to see.I think Salomon would tell you that too. I thought he was a great player for us last season but this season he looks even better. He came from the Russian league and didnt speak the language but he is now mixing with the squad a lot more and hes a lot more confident.The club heads into this fixture a bit lighter after defender James Chester was sold to Aston Villa. He made nine appearances for the Baggies since joining for 8 million pounds last summer from Hull City.Ronald Koemans first Premier League contest as Everton boss did not go as planned as the blue half of Liverpool was held to a 1-1 stalemate against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. Koemans boys got off to a dream start when Ross Barkley found the back of the net for the hosts in tthe fifth minute.ddddddddddddHowever, Erik Lamela fired home an equaliser just before the hour mark to force a share of the spoils.Despite the draw, Koeman was largely pleased with his clubs effort and of newcomers Maarten Steckelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Mason Holgate.We lost a bit of control of the game in the last part of the second half, but overall I am very happy with the performance, he explained. The first 45 minutes was really excellent -- the energy we put in the game and the reaction of the fans supporting the team. We had the best chances. Before halftime we had a big opportunity to score the second goal which would have made it a totally different second half.(Steckelenburgs) saves were very important in that stage of the second half, the manager continued. Tottenham created the best chances in the final stages and you need to have a good goalkeeper to make saves in key moments and he has that quality.Having already made an addition to their forward corps in signing Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace, Koeman reiterated that he would not hesitate to continue to add to the squad should the right deal present itself.We always look at players (that will make us) have a stronger squad. Thats one of our jobs to do -- to improve the team, Koeman remarked. If we dont think we have that type of player in the squad, then we will sign that player.Maybe why we are doing our business a little bit late is because I took the time in the preseason to know what we need. We also have young players in the academy and we dont like to stop the improvement of young players. What we need in the team, we will bring in.West Brom claimed the last meeting between the sides with a 1-0 victory over the Toffees on Feb. 13 -- courtesy of a winning strike from Rondon after 14 minutes. ' ' '