Syracuse beats Boston College, 71-55, to clinch No. 3 seed in ACC tournament

first_imgSyracuse forced 33 turnovers and scored 33 points off them to cruise to a 71-55, regular season-ending win over Boston College (14-14, 2-13 Atlantic Coast) on Thursday night. The No. 18 Orange (23-6, 13-3) clinched a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, earning a double bye, and tied a program record for regular season wins.SU finished the regular season on a program-best nine-game conference winning streak. It matched its program record for conference wins (13) in a regular season. The Orange won’t play again until March 4 at 8 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina in the third round of the conference tournament.“Thirteen wins in conference play. That’s a really, really good season in any conference,” assistant coach Vonn Read said. “It’s definitely been the best since I’ve been here. It’s been the best in our program history.”When Syracuse beat Boston College in January — the win that started the team’s current streak — it won by just one point in the final seconds against an inferior opponent. When the first quarter ended on Thursday, SU, again, found itself ahead only by one thanks to a buzzer-beating 3 by BC’s Nicole Boudreau.The Eagles had turned the ball over on nearly half of their possessions up to that point, but shot 69 percent from the floor and 75 percent from 3-point range to stay in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We kind of let them get away from us a little bit,” Read said. “… They were making some shots, but once we settled down we did a better job.”Syracuse’s press was stingy, but its offense struggled to pull away. After Boston College tied the game with six and a half minutes remaining in the half, the Orange responded with a 10-0 run to take a 39-29 lead into the break.For nearly 12 minutes, going back to the start of the SU run, the Eagles didn’t score a point and turned the ball over 13 times.“We struggled at times,” Read said. “We had some runs. We really scored a lot of our points off turnovers.”Boston College pulled within four points in the final minute of the third quarter, but couldn’t hold on. The Orange countered with a 22-4 run that lasted until there was just a minute left in the fourth and the game was very much out of reach. Comments Published on February 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Driver pleads not guilty

first_imgGuerra and Hector Saenz, 18, of Whittier, who was sitting behind her in the car, were injured. Deputy District Attorney Carmelia Mejia asked Judge Mark Nelson to set bail at $150,000. Guerra’s lawyer, Donald Herzstein, asked Nelson to release his client on her own recognizance or grant a low bail. He said that the Cypress College student wasn’t a flight risk, has no record and has strong family support. He pointed out that she hasn’t driven since the crash and is anguished about what happened. A coach, teachers, friends and family members sent letters testifying to Guerra’s character, he said. Nelson said one thing suggested by the facts of the case was that Guerra exercised incredibly bad judgment, and that allegedly led to the loss of life. “To ensure she returns to court, I will set bail at $70,000,” Nelson said. He ordered Guerra to accompany the two Whittier police officers in court to the station so she could be booked. She will be back at Whittier Superior Court on Oct. 3 for a preliminary hearing. Guerra’s family and friends were in court, as were relatives of Valasquez, Gutierrez and Unzueta. They declined to comment. “We have four victims. In addition to that, three families dealing with their loss. It’s hard for them,” Mejia said. Herzstein said he can only imagine the pain of the families and what they are going through. “This is really a terrible thing. It was a horrendous accident,” he said. “This wasn’t a malicious, malicious act.” He said there has been little contact between his client and the families of the other teens. He said he told Guerra not to talk about the incident but added that she is sorry. “She’s gone through hell, too,” Herzstein said. Whittier police cited her on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter on the day of the crash. While authorities said it was Guerra’s driving that led to the crash, they haven’t revealed how fast she was going. She was reportedly swerving in and out of traffic at one point. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Whittier driver in a single-car crash that killed three teens pleaded not guilty Thursday to vehicular manslaughter. The charges against Xenia Delilia Guerra, 18, also include one count of reckless driving causing bodily injury because a fourth passenger ended up hospitalized as a result of the April 3 crash on Colima Road. Whittier police said Guerra’s reckless driving caused her to lose control of the silver 2006 Toyota Scion and strike a tree. The car was sheared in half. Three of her passengers – Albert Joseph Valasquez, 19, and Jennifer Unzueta, 18, both of Whittier, and Joshua David Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera – were pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner’s reports showed they died of multiple traumatic injuries. last_img read more