SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Critics might comment on defending national champion Syracuse's early-season schedule, but the Orangemen know they've still got to take care of business.
Hakim Warrick scored 18 points and Gerry McNamara chipped in 17 as No. 21 Syracuse continued its stretch of weak non-conference opponents with an 81-63 rout of North Carolina-Asheville.
Billy Edelin had his second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Orangemen (7-1), who have won seven straight since a season-opening 96-92 setback to Charlotte on November 26. Their wins have come over the likes of Binghamton, Siena and Colgate.
"We knew it was an early game; if we didn't get out and play hard early, we might slip behind and be a little lackadaisical," Edelin said. "We just tried to get off to a good start."
Syracuse, which does not leave upstate New York until a January 12 game at Missouri, jumped out to a 12-2 lead within the first five minutes and cruised to a 38-21 lead at halftime. The Bulldogs never threatened in the second half.
The Orangemen shot 57 percent (16-of-28) from the field in the first half and finished with a 52.5 mark (32-of-61). They had seven 3-pointers, including five from McNamara.
"I thought the first half we were really focused and did a good job defensively," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "I'm a little disappointed we didn't cover as well (in the second half). But overall, I thought our defense was good."
Joseph Barber scored 17 points for North Carolina-Asheville (2-8), which has lost six of its last seven games. The Bulldogs are winless against Syracuse in three meetings.
Bryan McCullough and Chad Mohn chipped in nine points apiece as NC-Asheville shot only 21 percent (8-of-38) in the first half.