SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- James Southerland enjoys shooting the basketball. He just settles into amnesia mode and keeps on chucking. Southerland broke out of a mini-slump with 21 points and Brandon Triche had 19 to lead No. 4 Syracuse over Canisius 85-61 on Saturday night in the Gotham Classic. Southerland, who had gone 0 for 10 on 3-pointers in three games since hitting 9 of 13 to key a win at Arkansas, missed his first from long range against the Golden Griffins then hit 3 of 5 from behind the arc. "You cant worry about the shots you missed, especially when your team needs you to make another shot. You cant take back the miss you had," said Southerland, who was 9 of 14 overall in 32 minutes off the bench. "Everyone gets going after hitting a couple of shots. You gotta feed the hot hand. I kind of forget about all the shots. I forgot about the ones I made." Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 14 assists, his fourth straight double-double, and boosted his season assist total to 97 as Syracuse (9-0) extended its home winning streak to 29 games, the longest in the nation. The win moved head coach Jim Boeheim within one victory of 900. Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only Division I mens coaches to reach that milestone. Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, was not interested in dwelling on it. "This team does not care about how many wins I have," Boeheim said. "They care about getting the next win. Thats it. Everything else does not matter. It really doesnt. Im happy Im still here." The Oranges next game is at home against Detroit on Monday night. Canisius (6-2) was off to its best start since 1973-74 and riding a three-game winning streak on the road. The Golden Griffins havent beaten a ranked team since a 72-69 win over No. 13 Cincinnati in December 1994. Billy Baron and Isaac Sosa each scored 15 points to lead Canisius, which outrebounded Syracuse 37-34, the first team to do so this season, and hit 12 of 30 (40 per cent) from behind the arc. Harold Washington, the teams leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, finished with nine, going just 1 of 6 from beyond the arc a week after hitting a career-high six in a 94-82 win at Marist. Alshwan Hymes, who played ball with the Oranges Triche at Jamesville-DeWitt High School in suburban Syracuse, sat the first half for violating team rules and finished with six points. Syracuse fell behind late in the first half, regrouped and took a three-point lead into halftime, then started the second half with a 15-3 spurt to take control. A 3-pointer by Southerland, who started the second period, completed an 11-0 run spanning halftime and gave Syracuse a 41-32 lead with 18:36 left. The Orange led only 35-32 at the break and broke loose with 50 points in the second half, shooting 21 of 34 (61.8 per cent). "We did a great job the first half rebounding the basketball, getting second and third shots," Canisius coach Jim Baron said. "Even though we didnt shoot the ball well, I thought it really kept us in the game. Youve got to hit shots to knock them out of that zone. We didnt hit enough shots. We fell short, and they just stayed in it and stayed in it and stayed in it. "It was like going to the dentists office. Theyre a good team." The Griffs had four turnovers in the first six minutes of the second half, and the Orange capitalized. Rakeem Christmas hit a jumper from the foul line, Southerland converted an alley-oop dunk from Triche, C.J. Fair hit off the glass, and Carter-Williams passed to Triche for a 3 from the wing to give Syracuse a 50-35 lead with 14:45 to go. Canisius was within 69-57 after Sosas 3 with 4:17 left, but Carter-Williams fed Christmas for a dunk and Southerland scored five straight points. "We just started off slow," Carter-Williams said. "We needed to pick it up and I think thats what we did in the second half. We started to play our game instead of falling into theirs." Canisius fell behind by as many as nine in what was a tight first half. The Griffs trailed 23-14 after Carter-Williams swished a 3 from the top of the key, but they stayed patient, working the clock and searching for the open man, and slowly came back. Washington hit consecutive layups and Sosa nailed a 3-pointer to thwart the Oranges press and move the Griffs within 30-26 with 5:32 left. After Syracuse missed in close and from beyond the arc, Jordan Heath and brother Josiah powered Canisius into the lead. Jordan swished a 3 from the wing and Josiah converted a three-point play on consecutive trips down court to give the Griffs a 32-30 lead with 2:24 to go. Two free throws by Carter-Williams and Triches layup at the buzzer gave the Orange a 35-32 halftime lead. "We fought back. We made some huge shots," Sosa said. "We had so many defensive breakdowns in the second half. If we would have made some shots and kept our defence tight, it would have been a different game." The Gotham Classic also includes Temple, Detroit and Alcorn State. The format features 10 games with all teams facing each other once. Syracuse and Temple will meet in the feature game at noon on Dec. 22 at Madison Square Garden. Cheap NFL Jerseys china
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.com reports that the Toronto Raptors have stepped up their efforts to try to hire Phil Jackson as their new team president.DALLAS - Alex Chiasson needed a break, and he got one. The result was a game-winning, power-play goal. Chiasson snapped a third-period tie and lifted the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory on Monday night. Stars coach Lindy Ruff earned his 600th NHL win, and he got it against his former team. Ruffs first 571 wins came with Buffalo. "It means Im on my way to 700, hopefully," Ruff said. "It means that Ive had a lot of good players and good teams. Those wins belong to those players." Chiassons goal was his first in 13 games, and he wasnt the only player who broke a scoring drought. Alex Goligoski put Dallas ahead briefly 2-1 with his third goal this season after 48 games without one. "He has looked refreshed and energized," Ruff said of Chiasson. "He needed one to go in." Jordie Benn hadnt scored until he tied the game 1-1 in the second period with his first goal in 12 games. He knew what a victory would mean for Ruff. "Obviously, its huge to get that win for him," he said. "Hes a very decorated guy, a great guy and a great coach." The Stars opened a two-point lead over their closest pursuers for eighth place in the Western Conference. Dallas (29-22-10) has 68 points. Winnipeg and Vancouver both have 66. Tyler Ennis scored twice for Buffalo, with Matt Moulson assisting on both goals. The second got the Sabres even at 3:23 of the third. Ray Whitney had two assists for the Stars after moving during the game on to a line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, Dallas two leading scorers. Chiasson, a rookie forward, was frustrated because Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth stopped six of his team-high seven shots on goal. Then, at 10:25 of the third period, Chiasson skated in front of Enroth and deflected Jamie Benns slap shot from the blue line into the net for the winning goal. What Chiasson couldnt do with his stick, he accomplished with his leg. "Sometimes youre going to need help from other people, but we need Jamie," he said. "Look at the first goal, Jamie was right there (screening Enroth). And then on the last one, his shot hit me in the shin guard." Enroth complained, but the goal stood. "Something happened there you couldnt really see on the replay," the goalie said, "but the ref told me it was (teammate Mike) Weber that kind of got his stick in my glove or whatever happened there." Chiasson said that the Stars 19-day Olympics break helped him. "I went through a phase where I couldnt see the light out of the tunnel," he said. "It seems like the break came at the right time..ddddddddddddI put some weight back on, and I felt rested." Enroth made 36 saves, and Dallas Kari Lehtonen had 21. "The first couple periods, I didnt think we were in the game at all. If it wasnt for Jhonas, I dont think that the score would have been as close as it was," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "I thought in the third period we played a bit better. We took a bad penalty, again. They capitalized, and that was the difference." Dallas dominated the first period everywhere but on the scoreboard as the Sabres took a 1-0 lead. The Stars recorded 14 of the first 17 shots, but failed to score on three power plays despite putting seven shots on goal. Dallas nearly gave up a short-handed goal on the third advantage, but Matt DAgostinis shot hit the crossbar. The Sabres scored on their next shot. Drew Stafford skated in on the left side, and when Dallas Trevor Daley slid on the ice to try to block a shot, Stafford passed the puck across to Ennis, who scored at 17:17. Dallas outshot the Sabres 16-5 in the period, which ended with Enroth stopping Chiassons close-range backhand. Chiasson put a team-high four shots on goal in the first, including some of the Stars best chances. Enroth had stopped Chiassons slap shot on Dallas first power play, as well as two slap shots by Cody Eakin. The Stars tied it 1:30 into the second period when Jordie Benn sent a slap shot from the left point past his brother Jamies screen, and past Enroth. Six seconds before the period ended, Gologoski scored. Ryan Garbutt deflected Trevor Daleys slap shot off the post. Shawn Horcoff gathered in the rebound and sent a backhanded pass across the goalmouth to Goligoski, who scored into the left side of the net. The Stars had a 12-9 advantage in shots, for a two-period total of 28-14. Buffalo tied it when Moulsons shot went over the net but bounced back off the glass to Ennis, who tucked the puck into the lower right corner. The loss ended a season-best three-game winning streak for Buffalo (18-35-8). NOTES: The Stars were 1 for 26 on power plays in their previous seven games. ... Eakin left the game with 3 minutes remaining, but Ruff said there was no serious injury. ... Jamie Benn has six goals, nine assists in his last 11 games. ... Enroth has stopped 101 of 110 shots in his last three games. ... In his last four games against Dallas, Moulson has six goals, two assists. ... Buffalo was penalized six times; the Stars only once. "I just think it was typical last-place calls to a playoff-team calls, and thats just the way life works once in a while," Nolan said. ' ' '