Published on January 18, 2016 at 9:08 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 DURHAM, N.C. — Trevor Cooney raised his arms at the jubilant Syracuse bench. The first time all night that a win was certain was when the final buzzer sounded.The Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd was raining with boos. The fans that had screamed Duke back into a game it was seemingly out of minutes before begged for a foul. They screamed “you suck” and yelled at the referees and the SU bench well after it was too late for any of it to make a difference.But the surroundings didn’t matter to the Orange. A lead that never grew to more than eight on either side was finally sealed.On the back of a gutsy performance from Tyler Roberson and a slew of 3-pointers, Syracuse reinvigorated its season with a 64-62 win over Duke on Monday night. Roberson secured a career-high 20 rebounds. The Orange knocked down 11 shots from long range, overcame a second-half deficit and closed out the type of game it hasn’t been able to in conference play.Katherine Sotelo | Web Designer AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse held Duke scoreless for the first five minutes and 19 seconds. In the first half the Blue Devils shot 5-of-21 from 3, and 30 percent from the field overall. But still, SU and Duke traded leads. After the Orange got ahead 5-0, the Blue Devils scored the next five points in 27 seconds.After Brandon Ingram’s 3-pointer gave the Blue Devils their first lead at 10-9, Frank Howard frantically dribbled the ball into a turnover, accidentally flinging it into the stands as the Cameron Crazies — perched side-by-side since 80 minutes before the game started — were the loudest they had been all night.It was topped when Grayson Allen single-handedly led the Blue Devils to nine-straight points. The first two were 3s and the last was a drive to the basket where he was fouled. Cooney beat the halftime buzzer by six seconds on a long pull-up 3 nearly 3 feet behind the arc.Roberson attacked the glass hard after halftime. After securing nine rebounds in the first half he grabbed seven more in the first three and half minutes of the second. Michael Gbinije’s game-tying 3-pointer was made possible by Roberson, who was seemingly untouched in the paint on the offensive glass.Everything Duke did, Syracuse answered. Ingram’s 3 to extend the lead to as high as six in the second half was erased moments later by transition long balls from Cooney and Malachi Richardson.The teams traded leads five times in a 3:03 span, and again it was Richardson from the corner who temporarily silenced the Crazies.When the Blue Devils cut an eight-point SU lead to three, Roberson executed a perfect pick and roll to make it five.For the first time as members of the ACC, Syracuse left Cameron Indoor as winners. For the first time in nine years, Duke lost three games in a row.But the past didn’t matter to the Orange. It was all about the present, and a season that now is there for the taking. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
MORE: Trevor Bauer on how 70 percent of MLB pitchers are cheatingSix position players are left from that now-infamous team. Five have been booed while playing on the road in the Grapefruit League; the sixth, Josh Reddick, has yet to appear in a major league spring game.On Monday, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel heard it at the Tigers’ park in Lakeland. Here’s some of the reaction to Altuve, who has denied allegations that he and other hitters wore buzzers to receive stolen signs last year.Jose Altuve’s first appearance at the plate this spring. #astros pic.twitter.com/axIfy3G1ch— David Nuño (@DavidNunoABC13) February 24, 2020On Wednesday, George Springer got his earful in Port St. Lucie.He was greeted coldly before each of his three at-bats against the Mets. In his second trip, against reliever Justin Wilson, he tried to hit a pitch onto Interstate 95 a few miles away. He failed miserably and instantly became the butt of internet jokes.George Springer is showered in boos as he steps to the plate, tries to hit a ball far to silence the crowd and falls to a knee pic.twitter.com/HhRXIBOGyj— SNY (@SNYtv) February 26, 2020Was Springer already fed up with the fans’ response, or was he just swinging hard at a hittable pitch while preparing for the season? There’s no sign anyone tried to ask Springer after the game, so who knows? If he was trying to stick it to the boo-birds, then that’s not a good sign. That means Springer has already grown rabbit ears, which are really bad things to have in baseball. Rabbit ears betray distraction, frustration and anger. Players know better than to grow them because then they’ll hear worse stuff.The attendance for Astros-Mets on Wednesday was 4,088, a fraction of the people the Astros will be playing in front of a month from now in the regular season. Houston’s first road trip is to Oakland and Anaheim and includes the Angels’ home opener on April 3. The 40,000-plus who are expected at Angel Stadium will likely include a large contingent of Dodgers fans who are ready to vent over their team’s loss to the Astros in the Fall Classic three years ago. The Astros who were around the team then could embrace their role as baseball’s heels and tell those fans to bring it on. If they do that, though, then they better be killers on the field. They best not come up empty the way Springer did Wednesday. Then those fans won’t let them hear the end of it. The Astros boasted the Killer B’s a generation ago: Bagwell, Biggio, Bell and then Berkman. Today’s Astros are associated with other B’s — more like scarlet letters, really: banging, buzzers and boos.Ah, yes, the boos. They’ve been loud, they’ve been constant and they’re not going to stop for a while. Everyone wearing a Houston uniform has heard them during the first week of exhibition games in Florida. They’ve been fans’ direct responses to the club’s sophisticated (and, eventually, against-the-rules) sign-stealing scheme during its 2017 World Series championship season.