Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2020 at 2:28 pm Syracuse (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) has two more chances at a marquee win ahead of the ACC tournament. The first is Saturday afternoon against No. 8 Florida State (20-4,10-2). SU has lost three of four and leading scorer Elijah Hughes is dealing with a lower-body injury suffered before the Orange’s last game. Here’s what our beat writers predict for the matchup: Nick Alvarez (16-8)One moreFlorida State 84, Syracuse 73The Orange should be given credit for how close the North Carolina State game was despite losing Hughes. But, moral victories don’t matter anymore. And Syracuse’s resume needs wins. The path to 20 is getting murkier and Florida State won’t make it any clearer. The Seminoles haven’t lost at home, force turnovers and protect the rim. SU’s recent struggles from 3 may only compound its issues. The Orange may put up a tougher fight if Hughes returns, but this season is on the brink. Michael McCleary (15-9)Nole chance.Florida State 87, Syracuse 65Syracuse might not have Hughes for this game, and it’s an unlikely win from the start. That’s a recipe for a disaster. The Orange need one of these next two games (Florida State or Louisville) to keep its tournament hopes alive. To do that, SU would need some kind of otherworldly performance. The loss the other day didn’t destroy them, but this game sure can. It’s a big one for Syracuse, but Florida State is going for a No. 1 seed and has a lot of incentive to crush the Orange’s chances.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh Schafer (16-8)No sunshine in that stateFlorida State 85 Syracuse 71 The Seminoles are one of the few consistently good teams in a bad ACC. It’s a tough road game from the start. Add in the fact that the conference’s second-leading scorer might not play for Syracuse and, if he does, he’ll likely be hurting. FSU hasn’t lost at home this year and will pressure Syracuse defensively all game long. The Orange need strong shooting from Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard III to have a chance at winning. If Syracuse gets that, then anything can happen. It is, after all, the ACC in 2020. Comments
NORCO – A man whose house was found to have a million-plus rounds of ammunition among other illegal items has been arrested. Thomas McKiernan, 62, was arrested Friday afternoon for possession of assault weapons, illegal ammunition and explosives, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said. McKiernan was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside with bail set at $100,000. It was not known Saturday if McKiernan posted bail. The arrest at 12:35 p.m. came after McKiernan’s release from psychiatric evaluation at Riverside County Regional Medical Center Emergency Treatment Services. McKiernan had scuffled with Norco firefighters Thursday while they were trying to extinguish a fire at his house in the 1800 block of Pali Drive. After the fire was put out, authorities discovered the cache of ammunition and gun powder in the garage, along with a tunnel about 10 feet deep and more than 25 feet long under the house, officials said. Norco Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Knueven said Saturday the fire is believed to have started in the attic above the kitchen area, but no exact location has been determined. More than 1 million rounds of ammunition, 125 guns and rifles and about 75 pounds of black ammunition powder were retrieved during a multi-agency investigation. The tunnel was found to contain barrels of water, cooking oil and rice, as well as other non-perishable foods. Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said that due to the stockpiled goods and the man-made tunnel under the house, McKiernan “appeared to be a survivalist.” Many neighbors and friends of McKiernan have defended his affinity for guns and ammunition – calling him a collector and hobbyist. Residents along Pali Drive have overwhelmingly described McKiernan as a quiet and considerate neighbor who always provided help when asked, enjoyed working in the yard and cared deeply about his family. “He’s ex-Army. I think they’re making it bigger than it is,” neighbor “Tiny” Bosch said. “He was a quiet, good neighbor, but that was his fetish \.” Gutierrez said the rifles and handguns were not the problem. It was the possession of five semi-automatic weapons and ammunition larger than 60 caliber that is illegal, he said. While it is fine to have one pound of black gun powder, McKiernan had more than 20 pounds. More than 40 pounds of smokeless powder was found at the house, and thus McKiernan’s cache surpassed the legal limit of 20 pounds, Gutierrez said. Sheriff`s officials have said the amount of ammunition retrieved from the house was likely the largest in Riverside County. The city of Norco released the house, roofless and unstable in its foundation due to the tunnel, back into the control of McKiernan’s family members. [email protected] (909) 483-9347160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!