Knight III lifts S. Utah past Charleston Southern 80-45

first_img Associated Press Tags: John Knight III/SUU Tunderbirds Basketball November 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Knight III lifts S. Utah past Charleston Southern 80-45 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — John Knight III came off the bench to score 18 points for Southern Utah in an 80-45 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday.Jakolby Long had 12 points for Southern Utah (3-2). Maizen Fausett added 11 points and seven rebounds. Dre Marin had 11 points for Southern Utah.Dontrell Shuler had 20 points for the Buccaneers (1-5), who have now lost five straight games.last_img

‘Thunder and lightning’ backfield key to West Virgina’s offense without Will Grier

first_imgPowered by the arm of senior quarterback Will Grier, West Virginia boasted the ninth-most-prolific scoring offense (42.3 points per game). But during the Camping World Bowl, the Mountaineers will be without their offensive leader, who will sit out to prepare for the NFL draft.With Grier and standout offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste sidelined, the No. 16 Mountaineers (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) may have to rely on their junior tailbacks — Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway — to keep up with No. 20 Syracuse (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast). McKoy, a physical runner, averages 66.27 yards on 11.6 carries a game, and Pettaway, a more shifty back, has the ability to stretch runs to the outside. Through the pair, SU head coach Dino Babers still expects the WVU offense to be “explosive.” “Even with their two players (not) playing, I don’t think the point spread has changed,” Babers said.During the regular season, WVU’s high-flying offense relied extensively on Grier’s ability to make plays down the field. It averaged the third-most passing yards per game (358.1) while its rushing offense ranked 74th.Even though just over 68 percent of the Mountaineers total yards came from the air, WVU’s backs supplemented Grier. Brian Flynn, who served as McKoy’s offensive coordinator at North Davidson High School in North Carolina, says Pettaway and McKoy complement each other “like thunder and lightning.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDale Sparks | West Virginia AthleticsMcKoy often lines up alongside the quarterback in the shotgun or behind him in the pistol. WVU will also split him out into the slot to create a mismatch against a linebacker, which allows him to use his versatility as a physical, “downhill” runner in both the running and passing game, Flynn said. Pettaway, McKoy’s backfield partner, wears No. 32 in memory of his older brother, Devinne, who unexpectedly passed away in 2008 because of cardiomyopathy — a previously undetected enlarged heart. He has 12 pounds on McKoy and makes defenders miss with “good cuts” coming from his agility and footwork, McKoy said. “(Pettaway) is dynamic, man,” Tyrone Spencer, one of Pettaway’s high school coaches said. “When the ball gets in his hands, he makes some plays.”As the season progressed, the Mountaineers committed to the run more, McKoy said. Pettaway scored all six of his touchdowns in the final five games, and McKoy found the end zone five times in WVU’s last three contests. In the Mountaineers’ last regular season game, Pettaway carried the ball 15 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns in West Virginia’s eventual 59-56 loss to Oklahoma.Pettaway and McKoy may be the key to keeping senior quarterback Eric Dungey and his SU offense off the field. Syracuse has struggled at times this season at preventing big running plays because players in the secondary have had trouble bringing down running backs with a head of steam. Cajuste’s absence may also affect the running game, as a backup offensive lineman will be tasked with protecting WVU’s passers and opening holes for Pettaway and McKoy. Since the Mountaineers won’t have their star quarterback under center, Babers said the Orange have had to game plan for “everything.” With SU allowing 163.8 rushing yards per game, 63rd in the country, the Orange may load the box and commit to stopping the run. But no matter how Syracuse plans to stop the run, Pettaway and McKoy’s approaches won’t change.“Our biggest thing is to just take what the defense gives us,” McKoy said “… I guess we’ll have to find out.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

Pak PM Imran vows to raise Kashmir issue at every forum

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to become the voice of Kashmir and raise the issue at every global forum, including the United Nations, as he questioned the silence of the international community on the tense situation in the region. Addressing a special session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad, Khan said that if a war breaks out between Pakistan and India, the world community will be responsible. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USKhan, who was in Muzaffarabad to observe Pakistan’s Independence Day in solidarity with the Kashmiris after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, termed the Indian move as a “strategic blunder.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “committed a strategic blunder, he has played his last card. It will cost a lot to Modi and the BJP. Because they have internationalised the issue of Kashmir,” Khan said. “The world’s eye is on Kashmir and on Pakistan…I will be the ambassador who raises Kashmir’s voice at every international forum,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPrime Minister Modi has defended the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status as a historic step to usher in a “new era”. He said Article 370 has yielded nothing but separatism, corruption, family rule and was used by Pakistan as a tool to spread terror in the border state. Modi promised all round development, early and transparent elections and an end to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. “Whatever was done during the curfew by India, we will tell the international community that you are responsible. Whichever forum we get, I will be the ambassador and bring up Kashmir at every forum,” Khan said. Prime Minister Khan said Pakistan had solid information that India was planning some actions in Kashmir and warned that his battle-hardened army was ready to give a befitting response to any aggression. “Our information is that a plan more dangerous than post-Pulwama…has been prepared by India to take focus (away) from Kashmir situation. My message to Modi is that you take action and we will give a matching response,” he said. “Every brick will be countered with a stone,” Khan said. “We will respond to whatever you do, we will go till the end…If you are thinking to teach us lesson, then listen carefully time has come that we will teach you a lesson,” he added. “Our message to international organisations that were formed to prevent wars is that if this war takes place, you will be responsible,” Khan said. It is not the first time that Khan has spoken about the possibility of war with India.last_img read more