Beat writers unanimously pick Syracuse to take care of St. Bonaventure

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A season ago, St. Bonaventure (4-8) came to the Carrier Dome and upset Syracuse (8-4) in overtime. But this isn’t the same Bonnies, and they enter on a three-game losing streak before Saturday’s game in the Dome. SU comes off a bounceback win over Arkansas State after two-straight losses before that.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen after Saturday’s 2 p.m. tip-off.Billy Heyen (10-2)Night and daySyracuse 77, St. Bonaventure 61Syracuse’s loss to St. Bonaventure a year ago was legitimate, but the Bonnies are a vastly different team this year. They lost their two senior guards to graduation, and instead rely heavily on some freshmen to make plays that they aren’t quite ready to make consistently. The Orange shouldn’t have any trouble in going into ACC play with two-straight wins. The biggest key for SU, beyond just a win, will be continuing to “scratch the surface,” as Jim Boeheim said, on the offense it’ll need to be successful in conference play.Charlie DiSturco (9-3)What’s a Bonnie?Syracuse 68, St. Bonaventure 55AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is Syracuse’s last nonconference game, and one that’s a must win. With Frank Howard nearing 100 percent and the Orange trying to reconfigure its offense, Saturday is a perfect opportunity to gain some momentum entering ACC play. The Bonnies enter this matchup off a loss to Northeastern, a team SU beat by 23. The Orange should have no problem walking away with its second straight win.Matthew Gutierrez (8-4)Bonnie & ClydeSyracuse 70, St. Bonaventure 62All of this time off provides Syracuse a buffer. A buffer before the rigors of conference play, time to rest and reload and practices to maybe develop some scoring tactics. Senior point guard Frank Howard could use the days to continue to progress and get back to his former self. The Orange will win its final game of 2018 and get another week off before conference play starts Jan. 5 in South Bend, Indiana. Comments Published on December 28, 2018 at 10:44 amlast_img read more

Jordan Ayew won 17 points for Crystal Palace; they would have been relegated without his goals

first_imgJordan Ayew was Crystal Palace’s saviour for much of this season and the stats back this fact.Throughout the just-ended campaign, he produced crucial goals that literally kept Palace up at the end of the campaign.Crystal Palace’s twitter account recently celebrated the player after he won a hat-trick of end-of-season awards, including Goal of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Player of the Season, with a post suggesting his goals had won 14 points for the Eagles.It turns out his contributions were even more pronounced than that.9 goals worth 14 points.10 Man of the Match Awards.2 Player of the Month Awards.1 Goal of the Season.1 Goal at the seaside.Jordan. Ayew. #CPFC | #PalaceAwards2020— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 28, 2020The 17 points Ayew actually won for Palace in the recent campaign basically kept them in the Premier League.Aside from five match-winning strikes, Jordan also scored the point-earning equalisers in two games this season.The Ghanaian was on the scoresheet earlier in the season, netting the only goal in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in August 2019.Jordan celebrates winner over West Ham in OctoberIn October, Jordan scored the last winner for Palace against West Ham – a 2-1 win before scoring the equaliser with a header in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates two weeks later.Jordan Ayew heads home against ArsenalHe then scored another magnificent 90th-winner against the Hammers in December, which also earned him his Goal of the Season prize.Sakho celebrates with Jordan after magnificent winner over West HamJordan was on target against the Gunners yet again in the new year, scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on January 11.Jordan scored leveller for Palace against Arsenal in JanuaryJordan then scored the only goal in Palace’s 1-0 win at Brighton, at the time a crucial goal in the battle against relegation.Jordan AYew scores only goal of the game against BrightonIn March, the Black Stars forward found the net with a brilliant finish against Watford in the first half, a goal that turned out to be the only one of the game, giving Palace their second win in as many games.Jordan Ayew scored for Palace against WatfordJordan’s goals have basically kept Palace out of the relegation dogfight in the second half of the season, eventually resulting in them staying up.Palace finished the campaign with 43 points, just nine points ahead of Bournemouth and Watford who were relegated.Without the Black Stars striker’s goals, Palace would be down in 19th place, with 26 points in the Premier League.And, given Palace fans and the Players’ decisions at the end of year awards, they know just how crucial Jordan’s fine form this season was for their survival.Jordan Ayew eventually finished the season with nine goals, becoming Ghana’s highest-ever goalscorer in the Premier League.Games Ayew has won points for Crystal Palace in this seasonCrystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (Scored Winner)West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace (Scored Winner)Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace (Scored Equaliser)Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham (Scored Winner)Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal (Scored Equaliser)Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace (Scored Winner)Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford (Scored Winner)last_img read more