first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Dion Waiters didn’t forget what fellow Philadelphia native Maalik Wayns did to Syracuse when Villanova visited the Carrier Dome last year.Even though the Orange won the next matchup between the two teams in February, the memory of Wayns going off for 21 points in a Villanova win remained fresh in Waiters’ mind.‘I told him that,’ the SU sophomore guard said. ‘I said, ‘I didn’t forget about that.’ We knew he was going to look to be on the aggressive side. We just wanted to match his intensity, too, on the defensive end.’Syracuse did that and then some Wednesday. Wayns didn’t come close to 21 points in the Orange’s (18-0, 5-0 Big East) 79-66 win over Villanova (8-9, 1-4 Big East) at the Wells Fargo Center. In fact, were it not for a bad foul by Brandon Triche on a Wayns’ jumper from beyond the arc, the Wildcats junior wouldn’t have scored at all. He finished 0-for-7 from the field and all three of his points came from those three free throws.‘They did a great job on Maalik Wayns,’ Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. ‘When he got it, they loaded two guys to him. When he was in a pick-and-roll, they loaded three guys to him. … They really did a good job on him.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWayns came into the game ranked seventh in the Big East with 17.4 points per game. But the Orange defense bothered him from his first shot of the game.Three minutes into the action, the 6-foot-2 junior jacked up a 3 over 6-foot-7 Orange forward Kris Joseph. He tried to adjust by putting extra arc on the shot to get it over the taller defender, but the rainbow jumper didn’t even reach the rim. Instead, it fell short and landed out of bounds to give SU possession.‘That was the game plan: Let anybody else beat us,’ Syracuse senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘Tonight, it worked.’Even when the Orange made mistakes defensively, Wayns couldn’t make them pay. On his second shot of the game, he drove into the paint and picked up his dribble looking to kick it back out. As he did, SU’s defense shifted away from him, leaving him open for a shot. But his floater clanged off the rim and Syracuse gobbled up the rebound.Wayns was not available for comment after the game, but he appeared to feel pressure to make something happen at times. He forced up a couple contested jumpers and got lucky when Triche fouled him on a 3 to ultimately provide him his only scoring in the game.Even when he made a nice move at the end of the game to split a couple defenders, that play ended disastrously for the junior guard.‘Toward the end of the game,’ Wright said, ‘he finally said, ‘All right, let me just try to get to the rim.’ And he got a charge.’It was the second game in a row SU had shut down Wayns. Even though he scored 21 points in the Dome last year, he scored just four points on 1-of-9 shooting in the rematch in February.Wright said Wayns and forward Dominic Cheek are still transitioning into their roles as the primary scorers and added that the duo still has trouble offensively when good defensive teams focus on shutting them down like the Orange did Wednesday.‘I do think they’re good shooters that have to learn how to go against defenses that are geared to stop them,’ Wright said. ‘They were always the secondary guy, and they got the easier shots. (Syracuse) did a great job on Wayns.’zjbrown@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on January 11, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img

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first_imgLuke Jensen said his players work harder than any other team in the country, regardless of level. He makes them work for three hours at a time and expects results.‘There isn’t a group of tennis players on the men’s side or the women’s side in any facet of this game, from the juniors (to) college (to the) pros, that works harder,’ Jensen said. ‘Honestly, for three straight hours when they’re out here (practicing), they’re not allowed to sit down, and they don’t get many water breaks.’At the halfway point of the season, his team sits 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference. SU is currently riding an 18-game Big East regular-season winning streak, as well as a streak of 19 straight home wins.But for a team whose sights are set on winning the Big East tournament, Jensen and his players know they still need to get better. Especially considering the team dropped only two regular-season matches last season and was still unable to get past the second round of the Big East tournament — something the team would like to change this time around.Freshman Maddie Kobelt wasn’t around for that early exit from postseason play a year ago, but she knows the importance of winning the conference championship. With that trophy, the team will earn a berth into the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s definitely important and good for us to come out and show the rest of the teams in the Big East that this is our record against other Big East teams,’ Kobelt said. ‘This is how we’ve competed, we’re here and we mean business.’So far, SU has bullied its four in-conference opponents with both losses coming in nonconference matches. The Orange defeated Cincinnati and Georgetown and dropped just three of 14 matches combined against those teams. And against Seton Hall and West Virginia, Syracuse registered shutouts.Those teams, however, aren’t the ones Jensen expects to compete with in the late rounds of the conference tournament. The Notre Dames of the Big East are much more of a concern for the fifth-year coach.‘The reality is (Notre Dame) is the favorite,’ Jensen said. ‘They have higher-ranked players; they have higher-ranked junior players. But really when you come onto the court for competition, that doesn’t count. They don’t get extra points unless you give it to them.‘When we come into the Big East tournament against anyone, we face them with a chip on our shoulder — that we’ve got to prove something.’But before the team gets to the Big East tournament, it has a grueling regular-season schedule to complete. Syracuse will take on teams such as Southern California, San Diego State and William & Mary to test the Orange late in the regular season. USC is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation, while SDSU and W&M are 62nd and 75th, respectively.Kobelt is especially looking forward to facing off against teams outside the northeast region. Especially those from the West Coast.‘We’re really excited for that,’ Kobelt said. ‘(We’re) ready to go out and show them what us East Coast girls got.’Though they may not have the 10-0 record they wanted at this point in the season, the ‘East Coast girls’ bring a competitive edge and an unmatched work ethic to the courts every day. It is a work ethic that stems from their coach.But work ethic alone doesn’t yield results. The team might be the hardest working in the nation, as Jensen said, but that didn’t prevent SU from dropping two matches in the first half.Nonetheless, Jensen knows this determination is what makes his team so special. He made it clear this year’s team is the most highly motivated squad he’s ever coached.With all this said, there can be no letup for Jensen and his squad. Other elite teams in the nation are out there training every day, preparing for their respective conference tournaments, just like Syracuse is.That means the Orange needs to put those early-season losses behind it and continue to make strides under Jensen’s tutelage.‘I think last year we had a much better start to last season than we did (this year),’ junior Emily Harman said. ‘We just really have to step it up in those (close) matches and look more like a veteran team.’sebail01@syr.edu Published on March 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img

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