Quincy Guerrier earns ACC honors amidst schedule changes

Guerrier named ACC Player of the Week

The Orange won't face any new opponents until the new year following COVID-19 concerns after multiple positive results from Buffalo, Syracuse's last opponent.
Published: December 23, 2020
Dec 19, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Quincy Guerrier (1) dunks the ball against the Buffalo Bulls during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Syracuse Orange forward Quincy Guerrier (1) dunks the ball against the Buffalo Bulls during the first half at the Carrier Dome.

Following victories over Boston College, Northeastern and Buffalo, sophomore forward Quincy Guerrier was selected as the ACC Player of the Week. A 27-point outing against Buffalo, his season and career high, raised his scoring average to 18.0 for the season, and Guerrier averaged a double-double with 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game on the week.

Guerrier is shooting .662 from the field on the year, up from .497 a season ago, and has already hit more than twice the number of threes as last year. Syracuse outscored Buffalo 20-9 in overtime to capture the victory, and Guerrier contributed a career high 45 minutes for the game.

Syracuse men’s basketball misses second consecutive game due to COVID

Syracuse defeated Buffalo 107-96 in overtime on Saturday, but following the game, a member of the Bulls tested positive for COVID-19. SU must follow New York state guidelines and quarantine for 14 days, meaning their remaining games this year – Notre Dame on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and Wake Forest on Wednesday, Dec. 30 – were postponed.

Jim Boeheim also indicated that the team’s game against UNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina was in jeopardy, and rumors were confirmed Wednesday that the game scheduled for Jan. 2 would be postponed, pushing Syracuse’s next matchup into the new year.

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Syracuse Orange wide receiver Nykeim Johnson (4) during a game against North Carolina State on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Six Orange football players receive All-ACC honors

On Tuesday, the ACC announced winners for All-ACC honors, and six members of the Syracuse football team were selected, according to 247sports.com. Nykeim Johnson, who entered the graduate transfer portal today, earned a spot on the second team as a return specialist, while Taj Harris, Ifeatu Melifonwu and Nolan Cooney were named to the third team.

Melifonwu was also recognized by the Associated Press for their second-team All-ACC team, and he declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Mikel Johnson and Garrett Williams were honorable mentions, and Williams finished third in ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year voting as a redshirt freshman.

SU women’s basketball back on track with victory

After climbing into the top 20 for the first time since 2019, SU fell four spots to No. 22 in the latest AP rankings. Emily Engstler and Kamilla Cardoso led the team with double-doubles against UNC on Dec. 17, but the team fell 92-68 to the Tar Heels.

On Sunday, the team responded with a 83-70 win over Boston College. Cardoso led the team with 27 points and Kiara Lewis added 20 points and eight assists.

The Orange sit at 5-1 overall (2-1 ACC) and will resume play against Morgan State on Monday, Dec. 28.

Kingsley Jonathan to return for 2020-21 season

Senior defensive end Kingsley Jonathan announced in a tweet that he would utilize his extra year of eligibility, granted by the pandemic-altered season, to return to Syracuse for a “revenge tour.” Jonathan led the defensive line in sacks and was fifth on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.

Jonathan was announced as the recipient of the Jim Tatum Award, given by the ACC to the top senior student-athlete among football players, according to an article released by the ACC. While completing a major in information studies, Jonathan has compiled a 3.729 GPA and stands for Syracuse on the ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Jonathan’s decision to return to Syracuse was made possible by the extension of eligibility for all fall athletes, and he joins Josh Black and Airon Servais as seniors who have announced their intent to stay among the 11 with the ability to do so, according to Syracuse.com.

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