A Towers Watson survey of Spanish occupational pension funds has shown those more closely monitoring the risk associated with individual asset classes achieving a better return risk.The study attracted responses from 28 of Spain’s largest 40 pension funds, which manage around €21bn in total. Responses account for 79% of the €26.7bn in assets run by the 40 largest, and 62% of the €33.8bn held by the country’s private pensions industry as a whole.Investment returns over one, three and five years to 30 June 2014 were compared for those 40 largest funds which include the return and potential risk of each asset class when defining their investment strategy, against Spanish occupational pension funds as a whole, using figures from INVERCO, Spain’s investment and pension association, for the latter.For all three time periods, the median return from the Top 40 funds employing risk/return considerations exceeded that for the pension system as a whole: the annualised median returns over five years were 6.24% for the Top 40 funds, and 5.26% for the entire system. Furthermore, median returns for the worst-performing 5% over the same five years stood at 3.16% for the Top 40 funds, and 1.94% for the whole system, showing better risk management by the 40 largest.Returns for Top 40 funds with geographically diversified fixed income portfolios were also compared with returns from those Top 40 funds with fixed income portfolios most concentrated on Europe.Over all three time periods, fifth percentile returns were higher for the geographically-diversified portfolios than for those focusing on Europe: over five years, annualised returns were 3.77% and 2.27%, respectively.For equity portfolios, the five-year returns were 3.55% for diversified portfolios and 2.54% for those which were Europe-centric.David Cienfuegos, head of investment, Spain, Towers Watson, said: “The results are a useful guide to understanding how the largest occupational pension plans in Spain are developing over time.“Some findings are extremely encouraging, as they put into perspective the effort and consideration made by boards of trustees in maximising the value of their pension plan for retirement.”Cienfuegos noted that some schemes had “cutting-edge” asset allocation procedures.“Others, however, show how far we are from understanding the difference between investing our savings in the short-term, and investing for retirement,” he said.He also said: “Those who didn’t diversify have suffered underperformance even at a time when fixed income exposure would have given investors good returns.”The survey was carried out to determine most important aspects for pension fund investment strategy.It found that 67% of control committees of the Top 40 pension funds considered return and potential risk from each asset class to be a “very important” aspect of defining investment strategy, the remaining 33% saying it is “important”.Meanwhile 46% identified return objectives, and 42% sensitivity to risk, as “very important”.Other factors such as economic outlook and replacement rate at retirement were considered much less significant.When defining strategic asset allocation, 46% of Top40 funds believed diversification is “very important”, with 42% saying recommendations by fiduciary managers, and 38% capital preservation, are also very important.Average asset allocations was 66% in fixed income, 24% in equities, and 4% in real estate, private equity, and other alternatives.Fixed income portfolios show a bias towards Europe, with the region accounting for an 89% share of all fixed income portfolios. There was a further bias towards peripheral government fixed income (Spain, Italy and Portugal), which made up 44% of fixed income portfolios.Within the equity allocation, 65% was to Europe.Cienfuegos said: “There is continuing debate within pension funds as to solutions for the problem of low interest rates. Most pension funds think alternatives, especially hedge funds and private equity, can contribute in reducing risk through diversification and greater efficiency in the risk/return binomial.”Equity hedges have been implemented by 80% of the Top40 pension funds, while 69% have currency, and 35% interest rate, hedges in place.
Darius and Kayla Boyd’s next big project is in Paddington, a few minutes’ drive from Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Annette Dew.NRL star Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd has wasted no time moving on to his next dream home project — a stunner minutes from Suncorp Stadium.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Source: Facebook/@Grayaconstruction.According to CoreLogic records, the property-loving Boyds bought a five bedroom home less than 2km from Suncorp Stadium, where all the Broncos home games are played. They paid $1.205m for the property which settled in May.Located a five-minute drive — or 18 minute walk — from the stadium, the property contains two lots, one 202sq m and the other 404sq m.The home that the Boyds intend to transform into a central courtyard style property.The Boyds have an affinity for renovation and design with a jawdropping four bedroom home in Hendra currently listed for sale at offers over $1.99million. Graya built that one too with key features including “soaring ceilings, voids and a seamless transition from open indoor living to spacious outdoor entertaining areas”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Hendra home is striking yet has a very beachy feel too.Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla at their Hendra home which is currently on the market. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Realestate.com.au classifies Paddington as a “high demand market” with 1041 visits per property compared to the state average of 373, with the median four bedder priced at $1.19m.The Boyds’ Paddington property was set up as a dual living rental opportunity before they bought it and it had been listed on realestate.com.au as “oozing with potential”.The Paddington property is a stroll away from cafes and shops and a few minutes’ drive to Suncorp Stadium.Stunning neighbourhood chosen by the Boyds for their next project.“This home has great bones and provides an exciting opportunity to add your own personal touches,” was how agent Andrew Degn of Place Paddington listed it.“This is the perfect opportunity for the astute buyer as this home is within walking distance of Rosalie Market, Frew Park, Milton State School plus an array of boutique shops, cafe’s and restaurants.”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Kenya’s new Chief Justice to be sworn in Kenyan Chief Justice retires a year early South Africa’s chief justice to meet Zuma over Bashir ruling rowSouth Africa’s president and its top judge are to meet to try to resolve an intensifying row between the government and the judiciary over the state’s failure to detain Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir last month.Government officials say judges are biased against the state and the ruling ANC has said some were driven to “create chaos” and were guilty of “judicial overreach”, naming the Cape High Court and the high court in Pretoria that heard the Bashir case.The high court has ruled that the state was at fault in letting Bashir leave the country despite a global arrest warrant and a court order barring him from doing so.Judges say that the government should respect the rulings of what is one of the country’s most respected institutions.“Judges, like others should be susceptible to constructive criticism. However, in this regard, the criticism should be fair and in good faith. Importantly the criticism should be specific and clear. General gratuitous criticism is unacceptable,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said in a media briefing on Wednesday.On Thursday, Supreme Court of Appeal president, Lex Mpati, told Talk Radio 702, “If we’re going to disrespect court orders or we’re going to want to go out and do things which are not legal or lawful, then of course we are treading on dangerous grounds.”Mogoeng has called for a meeting with Zuma, who says he will see the chief justice after the BRICS nations’ summit in Ufa, Russia, that ends today.“The president wishes to reassert his own commitment and that of the executive to the independence of the judiciary and its role as the final arbiter in all disputes in society, the presidency said in a statement.Daily Maverick columnist Stephen Grootes wrote: “Twenty-one years into our democracy we are facing a crisis that could render our society dysfunctional, in this turbulent and ever-changing space, Chief Justice Mogoeng’s intervention might one day be seen as one of the courageous acts that saved South Africa’s budding democracy.”–Reuters Arab League chief to meet Yemeni president Related
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Sunman, In. — The “Classic Country Road Show” is coming to the Sunman American Legion Sunday, November 18.There will be a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a flag retirement ceremony at 2 p.m., a gun raffle drawing at 3 p.m. and Bigin’ and Josh Brock take the stage from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man who reportedly shot and killed two people.The incident occurred Sunday at a home on 20th Court SW.The two victims were taken to separate hospitals where each later died due to their injuries.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that they arrested 32-year-old James Byron Easling for the murder the same day.Officials say they will release more information about the incident once they have completed their investigation.Easling appeared in court Monday and was charged with two counts of first degree murder. His parents also reportedly asked the judge to keep their son on suicide watch.
ELLSWORTH — For the second time in three years, Ellsworth High School will be searching for a new head softball coach.Dottie O’Donnell will be leaving the Eagles to accept an assistant role at Colby College, the high school announced last week. The Ellsworth coach of two seasons will be an assistant for the Mules.O’Donnell, Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost confirmed to The Ellsworth American in an email Thursday evening, informed the Eagles’ returning varsity players of her decision early last week. WDEA was the first to announce her departure as head coach Wednesday.“It has been such an amazing opportunity to be a part of the Ellsworth culture,” O’Donnell said. “I will forever be thankful for not only the experience but also to the players, parents and coaches I’ve met along the way.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth named O’Donnell head coach following Rick Roberts’ resignation from the position in November 2016. An assistant under Roberts during his final three years at the helm, O’Donnell went by the last name of Cameron until her marriage this fall.In her two years as head coach, O’Donnell’s teams compiled a 19-18 record. The Eagles posted strong playoff performances both years, reaching the Class B North semifinals after an upset of top-seeded Gardiner in 2017 and making the quarterfinals this past season after beating 13-3 Hermon in the preliminary round.The move to Colby continues what has been an eventful fall thus far for the South Plainfield, N.J., native, who was announced Oct. 4 as a member of this year’s Husson Sports Hall of Fame class. O’Donnell will be inducted Dec. 7 at Spectacular Events Center and Catering in Bangor.“I cannot thank the Ellsworth athletic department enough for being so supportive during my time with Ellsworth as well as with this transition,” O’Donnell said. “I wish the current Ellsworth softball team the best of luck in their future endeavors, and I look forward to following their careers.”During her time at Husson from 2008-11, Cameron became the program’s all-time leader in at-bats and base hits with 550 and 195, respectively. She finished her college career with an impressive .355 batting average and led the team to three North Atlantic Conference Tournament wins and four regular season championships in her four years at the school.At Colby, O’Donnell will join a staff led by Terren Allen, who also boasts a Hancock County softball background. Allen played at Bucksport High School from 2004-07 before continuing her career at the University of Maine. Allen later spent four years as an assistant with the Black Bears prior to being named head coach at Husson, where she went 94-66 in four seasons. She was named Colby head coach in August.Colby College will begin its 2019 season next March and will look to improve on last season’s 2-28 campaign. The Mules play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference with Bates College, Bowdoin College, Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) and Tufts University (Medford, Mass.).As for Ellsworth, the Eagles will play their first regular season games in April The team will be one of 21 set to compete in a packed Class B North field and will be aiming to reach both the regional quarterfinals for the fifth straight season.“We will be advertising for the varsity softball position in a few weeks,” Frost said. “We plan on doing interviews around the first week of January.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval. The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups. The Latest: 3rd division soccer restart in Germany delayed May 15, 2020 ___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___ Associated Press Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
— Iowa announced that one person tested positive for COVID-19 out of 237 tests performed on athletes, coaches and athletic department staffers to prepare for the beginning of voluntary individual workouts. The school did not reveal who tested positive or whether it was a player. Iowa says the school began testing May 29. Football players were cleared to begin voluntary workouts on Monday, mostly weight training and conditioning, in team facilities.— Wisconsin is permitting the voluntary return of football and volleyball players for initial health assessments and COVID-19 testing this week to clear the way for them to begin voluntary strength and conditioning activities June 15. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will return later this month, followed by the men’s and women’s hockey teams.— The group that runs the U.S. Open tennis tournament is eliminating 110 national positions and reducing travel costs over the next few years to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that it will close its headquarters in White Plains, New York, and shift remaining staff to anNBA-SPURS-ALDRIDGEAldridge won’t return this season Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home.The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.In other coronavirus-related news— Brazil has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, arguing it cannot offer FIFA the financial assurances it needs because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Brazilian Football Confederation also says it will support Colombia’s bid against Japan and the joint candidacy of Australia and New Zealand. South America has never hosted the tournament. A final decision is expected on June 25. Epstein says Cubs planning to create diversity committeeCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are creating a diversity committee to help improve the organization’s standards and practices.President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein says team owner Tom Ricketts and President of Business Operations Crane Kenney are leading the plans.On a conference call ahead of baseball’s amateur draft, Epstein said the team stands “in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the protesters who are doing their best to make this a real inflection point in our history.”Epstein said the committee “set better standards” for the club and holds it accountable. The alliance will be independent of the NHL but hopes to work in tandem with the league to promote diversity and inclusion.One goal of the group is to inspire future players to be able to “express their culture, identity, values and personality without fear of retribution.”NHL-COYOTES-GUTIERREZ HIREDGutierrez is NHL’s first Latino team presidentGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have made Xavier Gutierrez the first Latino team president and CEO in NHL history. The proposal calls for a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75% of their prorated salaries.Players have refused cuts beyond what they agreed to in March shortly after the pandemic began, part of baseball’s again acrimonious labor relations. The arduous negotiations have jeopardized plans to hold opening day around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans and provide entertainment to a public still emerging from months of quarantine.MLB says it can’t afford to play in ballparks without fans, and in May the owners proposed an 82-game schedule. The union countered with a 114-game schedule at prorated pay that would extend the regular season by a month through October.NFL-FACILITIES-RETURN PLANNFL sends plan to teams for return to facilities UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union have sent a planner to the 32 teams outlining procedures for the full reopening of their practice facilities.A memo written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association describes protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.Also included are instructions on proper facility access, cleaning and disinfecting; physical distancing; hygiene, health education and medical services. There are instructions on food preparation; supplies; and team travel.No timetable has been set for the return of most players to team complexes. Only players rehabilitating injuries have been allowed to enter the buildings.COLLEGE FOOTBALL June 9, 2020 NCAA considering 6-week plan for football prepUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is considering a six-week plan for football teams to prepare for the start of their seasons that includes two weeks when teams can hold walk-throughs before full practices start.A copy of the Football Oversight Committee’s plan, which still needs to be approved by the Division I Council, was obtained by The Associated Press. Sports Illustrated first reported on the one-page document.The oversight committee has been working on a six-week model to lead into the season for weeks. It calls for two weeks preceding the start of a typical preseason practice schedule during which time teams can do up 20 hours per week or weight training, conditioning, film study, meetings and walk-throughs with coaches. Players would not be permitted to wear helmets and pads during walk-throughs, but a ball could be used for instruction.NCAA rules state teams can begin preseason practice 29 days before the date of their first game. The walk-through period would begin 14 days before preseason practice, according to the proposal. CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team wants the U.S. Soccer Federation to repeal the anthem policy it instituted after Megan Rapinoe started kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”The U.S. women’s team also wants the federation to state publicly that the policy was wrong and issue an apology to the team’s black players and supporters.Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Federation then approved a policy in February 2017 that stated players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems. The policy remains in place, though the unions for the men’s and women’s teams believe it doesn’t apply to their players because of their collective bargaining agreements.MLB-CUBS DIVERSITY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew MLB plan calls for 76-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is making another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July. Gutierrez’s hiring was announced by Alex Meruelo (mayr-WAY’-loh), who became the NHL’s first Latino controlling owner when he bought a majority stake in the Coyotes last year.Gutierrez previously served as managing director at Clearlake Capital Group and was chief investment officer of Meruelo Group, which is owned by Alex Meruelo.HOFFEINHEIM-COACH FIREDHoffenheim fires coach Schreuder with 18 days left of seasonSINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — German club Hoffenheim fired coach Alfred Schreuder today with only 18 days remaining of the season. Associated Press The plan has not been finalized but could be approved within two weeks.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA STRENGTH COACHIowa players voice unity amid racism allegations in programUNDATED (AP) — Iowa football players returned to campus to prepare for voluntary workouts amid an uproar.Former players over the past several days alleged systemic racism and other mistreatment in the program. SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of San Antonio’s season while he recovers from surgery on his right shoulder. It’s a blow to the Spurs’ hopes of extending their streak of playoff appearances.Aldridge had surgery on April 24, stemming from an injury the Spurs said the seven-time All-Star suffered in a game at Utah on Feb. 21. He played in two more games after getting hurt, including one in which he scored 24 points in San Antonio’s win over Dallas.The Spurs have been to the playoffs in 22 consecutive seasons, matching the longest streak in NBA history.SOCCER-US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM-ANTHEM POLICYUSWNT wants soccer federation to repeal anthem policy The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have sparked protests across the country. Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed, pleading that he couldn’t breathe.NHL AMERICA PROTESTS-HOCKEY ALLIANCECurrent, former NHL players form Hockey Diversity AllianceUNDATED (AP) — Seven current or former black NHL players have formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance to fight racism and intolerance in the sport.Akim Aliu and San Jose’s Evander Kane will lead the group, which also includes Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and recently retired Joel Ward. The team’s strength coach, Chris Doyle, has been placed on administrative leave and coach Kirk Ferentz’s leadership was called into question.About two dozen current players took to social media to voice messages of unity. None complained directly about his treatment.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBrighton to have cardboard cutouts of fansUNDATED (AP) — English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes. Update on the latest in sports: Hoffenheim executive director Frank Briel says the decision was taken “with a view to the current sporting situation,” and the club says there were disagreements over future development plans.Hoffenheim is seventh in the Bundesliga, two points off a Europa League spot, with four games remaining. Under Schreuder, the team earned eight points from five games against mostly relegation-threatened opponents since the Bundesliga restarted on May 16 in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.Schreuder rejoined Hoffenheim as coach last year after having previously been assistant coach at the club and at Ajax. The Dutchman had a contract running until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Following Syracuse’s game against Rutgers Tuesday night, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman thought his team turned in a solid performance. The Orange shot better from the field than the Scarlet Knights, won the rebounding battle and owned the paint.But it was one statistic that didn’t favor Syracuse and proved to be the difference in the game.‘We just turned the ball over too much,’ Hillsman said in a phone interview. ‘We had 27 turnovers and those are opportunities where you don’t get shots and it’s hard to play games when you’re not getting enough shots.’Turnovers cost Syracuse (11-5, 0-2 Big East) in a hard-fought 55-44 loss to No. 10 Rutgers (12-2, 1-0) on Tuesday night in Piscataway, N.J. In a game in which neither team could find its rhythm offensively, the 27 lost opportunities for the Orange were too much to overcome. In comparison, the Scarlet Knights had just 12 turnovers against 10 assists, and their more efficient play allowed them to pull away late in the second half.The Orange held a 16-15 lead and kept pace with Rutgers deep into the first half. SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas keyed the strong start, scoring 10 of SU’s first 16 points. She also added five rebounds early on, bringing energy and keeping her team in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut no one else on the Orange stepped up to shoulder the scoring load, and the Scarlet Knights closed the half with a run of its own to take a 28-20 lead into halftime. ‘She made shots early in the game and that was huge,’ Hillsman said. ‘She kept us going and I thought that if we got someone else going early with her, it would have been a different basketball game.’After the break, Syracuse was able to cut into Rutgers’ lead and tie the game 34-34 with 10:32 left in the second half. Hillsman said the key to closing the gap was simply attacking the basket and playing at the rim. During those first 10 minutes, the head coach felt his team got high-percentage shots and it translated to tying the game.The aggressive play in the second half was led by forward Iasia Hemingway, who scored all 14 of her points after halftime. But much like in the first half when Tyson-Thomas had the hot hand, SU didn’t have another scoring threat on the floor.Tyson-Thomas scored just two points to finish with 12, and no other Orange players finished in double figures. Even as Hillsman lamented the lack of production outside of Tyson-Thomas and Hemingway, he couldn’t help but turn his attention back to the turnovers that ruined SU’s chances of pulling the upset on the road.‘It’s just tough when you can’t get solid shots every possession because you turn the ball over,’ Hillsman said. ‘But I thought that our kids played really tough, they played aggressive and they played hard.’The poor execution on offense killed SU’s momentum in the second half as it went 6:51 without a field goal after tying the game at 34. The Orange hit free throws to even the score with Rutgers 36-36, but then saw the Scarlet Knights go on an 11-1 run to go up 47-37 with just under six minutes to play.Syracuse never threatened the Scarlet Knights lead, and ultimately fell to its conference rival. And as the Orange continue to search for its first Big East win this Saturday against Pittsburgh, Hillsman knows for his team to win, it must take care of the ball and make every possession count.‘That was big, just turning the ball over, just not being efficient,’ Hillsman said. ‘We’re going to have those games, we don’t take care of the ball. But you also got to balance it off and the shots you take, you got to make those shots.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on January 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com Comments