Earlier this week, Jim Boeheim likened Boston College freshman guard Ky Bowman to Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, two freshmen guards from Kentucky and likely lottery selections in the next NBA Draft.Bowman torched Syracuse for 30 points on New Year’s Day, which included a 7-of-8 clip from 3-point land. But the player who had taken the conference by the storm in the first stanza of league play looked like a shell of himself on Saturday, let alone comparable to two of the best guards in the country.“Took away everything that he was doing, that was basically it,” Syracuse point guard John Gillon said. “Wasn’t that tough, we just had to play the right way.”The right way, for the Orange at least, was wiping out the open shots Bowman took advantage of 13 days ago. In the Carrier Dome on Saturday, he scored a meager three points on 1-of-9 shooting in SU’s (11-7, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) 76-53 win over the Eagles (9-9, 2-3), his only points coming on a highly contested 3 at the end of the shot clock in the first half.MORE COVERAGEAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 76-53 victory What we learned from Syracuse’s 76-53 win over Boston CollegeSyracuse scores 20 points off 20 turnovers in 76-53 win against Boston CollegeTyus Battle scores career-high 21 points in Syracuse’s win “He hit like seven 3s I think, in the game at Boston College,” SU shooting guard Tyus Battle said, “so we just focused on not letting him get those open shots and making it tough for him and it turned out well today.”From the outset, it was clear Syracuse was going to make Bowman work far more for his shots. He didn’t get any open looks in the first half and any attempt at penetration was met with a slide from the top of the zone, forcing Bowman to reset.At Conte Forum in the Eagles’ 96-81 win earlier this year, Boston College utilized the post to create space on the perimeter. The Orange collapsed on the paint, and it freed up ample space for BC shooters beyond the arc, which they took advantage of the tune of 16 3-pointers on 26 attempts.This time, Boeheim could count the number of open looks Boston College had from deep on one hand.“I think there were two occasions where we left guys open and they made them,” Boeheim said. “They’re still very good shooters. … We did a better job of being there against them.”Ally Moreo | Photo EditorBowman still attempted a team-high six 3-pointers but only had the one make, with Frank Howard’s outstretched hand centimeters from his face at the top of the key. But most other times, Bowman struggled mightily to muster any form of an offensive threat.He fell into a double-team in the corner and threw the ball out of bounds across the court. Several possessions later, he double-dribbled. In the second half, Bowman rebounded his own miss but missed the jumper while trying to convert the second-chance opportunity.Without him, Boston College stumbled to a season-low 53 points not even two weeks after plastering nearly triple digits on the Orange.In this next stretch of games, Syracuse faces the cream of the crop of the ACC, starting with a Final Four rematch with North Carolina on Monday and a Saturday date with Notre Dame, the only team still undefeated in league play.Not to mention both games are on the road, where Syracuse hasn’t won yet this year. There’s Joel Berry from the Tar Heels, Steve Vasturia on Notre Dame and a litany of other star players that probably won’t put up duds like Bowman did. Syracuse knows its defensive mettle will be tested now more than it has been all year.“We let him get all these open shots,” Gillon said, “anybody in the ACC is gonna hit shots if they’re wide open.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2017 at 7:57 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman
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AMERICAN ANTHEM & CISTRON HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 TRIPLE BEND STAKES AS EIGHT OLDER SPRINTERS GO SEVEN PANELS
AMERICAN ANTHEM & CISTRON HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 TRIPLE BEND STAKES AS EIGHT OLDER SPRINTERS GO SEVEN PANELS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2019)–In a talent laden eight-horse lineup, Bob Baffert’s American Anthem and John Sadler’s Cistron would appear to merit top billing going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita.Favored in his first start in nine months, American Anthem was a close second in a one turn mile classified allowance on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs and would appear to have a huge chance as he shortens to a distance at which he’s won four out of five times.Thought to be a turf sprinter, Cistron ran his competition off their feet when winning the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Kona Gold Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths here on April 20. Reunited with Victor Espinoza, he’ll be facing tougher company in the Triple Bend, including Baffert’s speedy Nero, who figures to apply plenty of early pace pressure.AMERICAN ANTHEMOwner: China Horse Club & WinStar Farm, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertA 5-year-old horse by Bodemeister, went to the front in his most recent race at Churchill Downs on May 4 and gave way grudgingly late to be second by three quarters of a length as the 6-5 favorite. A winner of two graded stakes here, the Grade II Lazaro Barrera in May, 2017 and the Grade II San Carlos on June 23, 2018, American Anthem will be reunited with Mike Smith, who has ridden him in eight of his 12 starts, winning three of them.CISTRONOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerAlthough campaigned through 13 consecutive turf starts, including a close second place finish two starts back in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes on March 31, Cistron was wheeled back in 10 days on dirt in the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes April 20 and he responded with a rousing gate to wire 5 ¼ length win. A 5-year-old horse by The Factor, Cistron will likely have to contend with Nero early as he tries seven furlongs on dirt for only the second time in his career. A lifetime earner of $480,719, he has an overall mark of 25-4-6-6.THE GRADE II TRIPLE BEND STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTAmerican Anthem–Mike Smith–121Cistron–Victor Espinoza–123Law Abidin Citizen–Tiago Pereira–123Majestic Eagle–Flavien Prat–121Nero–Drayden Van Dyke–121Air Strike–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121The Hardest Way–Joe Talamo–121All Out Blitz–Martin Garcia–121First post time for a 10-race card that will also include the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes and the Grade III Daytona Stakes, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.