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Updated: Wednesday, December 3, 2003 10:52 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(18) Syracuse 87, St Bonaventure 78

ROCHESTER, New York (Ticker) -- Syracuse was in a hostile environment despite being close to home.

Hakim Warrick scored 27 points and Billy Edelin added 20 as the 18th-ranked Orangemen posted an 87-78 victory over St. Bonaventure.

Syracuse plays 11 of its first 12 games at home with its lone road contest coming at the Blue Cross Arena, which is just under 90 miles from the Carrier Dome. Despite being just a 90-minute drive away, most of the record crowd of 11,650 at the arena was rooting for the Bonnies.

Warrick made 10-of-16 shots from the floor and Edelin was 8-of-16 as Syracuse (2-1) shot a season-high 52 percent (32-of-62) from the floor and made 20-of-31 free throws.

The Orangemen had a 48-39 lead early in the second half before scoring seven of the next nine points, highlighted by consecutive baskets from Edelin. Warrick scored three straight points for Syracuse for a 55-41 cushion with 14:36 left.

"In the second half, we came out and played the best defense we've played all year," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "I think they did a great job attacking us and our zone."

Gerry McNamara buried a 3-pointer with with nine minutes remaining to give the Orangeman their largest lead at 73-52.

McNamara added 19 points for the Orangemen, who have won 11 consecutive meetings with the Bonnies and have a 20-3 advantage in the all-time series.

Marques Green scored 24 points to lead St. Bonaventure (2-2), which fell to 8-7 all-time at the Blue Cross Arena.

"We had some tears tonight in the locker room, and there should be when you put your heart and soul into it," Bonnies coach Anthony Solomon said. "It really hurt to lose this basketball game."

Syracuse never trailed after scoring the first eight points of the game. The Orangeman opened the game with a 15-4 run and led by as many as 13 before taking a 44-37 lead into halftime.

The Orangemen have won 22 consecutive games against intrastate foes since losing to Big East Conference rival St. John's on February 19, 2000.


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