SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Jim Boeheim isn't happy with his starters or his bench, even though his team has won 10 straight games.
Gerry McNamara scored 23 points and Hakim Warrick added 18 as 19th-ranked Syracuse extended its winning streak with a sloppy 65-59 victory over Big East Conference-rival St. John's.
Boeheim watched his Orangemen commit 17 turnovers and allow punchless St. John's to remain close in the closing moments. The Red Storm cut their deficit to five with 3:01 left but could not get any closer.
"I'm not happy at all, not at all," siad Boeheim, who won his first national championship last season. "We're not doing things, we're not playing well. We've got to play a lot better. It's as simple as that."
The Orangemen shot just 44 percent from the field (23-of-52) but held the Red Storm to 36 percent (25-of-70) and outscored them by 10 points at the free-throw line. The Storm's cold shooting allowed Syracuse to overcome its turnovers.
"We made some horrendous turnovers," Boeheim said. "We can't do that."
The Orangemen (10-1, 1-0) did enough, scoring the last six points of the first half for a 32-26 lead and putting together another 6-0 burst early in the second half for a 40-30 cushion. They led by at least five the rest of the way.
Syracuse has won 10 straight games since a surprising season-opening loss to Charlotte at the Carrier Dome. The most recent victory was an impressive 96-83 triumph over Michigan State on Saturday.
"On Saturday, we were good on the offensive end. Tonight, we were better defensively," Boeheim said. "But our big people didn't protect the ball and we paid the price."
While he wasn't impressed with his starting five, Boeheim kept them in the game the entire second half because of his displeasure with his freshman reserves.
"I haven't felt that they have been playing well in games and haven't been playing well in practice," he said.
St. John's got within 58-53 with 3:01 remaining, but McNamara buried a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2 1/2 minutes left to rebuild an eight-point advantage. Syracuse's point guard was impressed with the Red Storm's effort.
"They're a tough team to play against because they work so hard, they push themselves," McNamara said.
Grady Reynolds had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Red Storm (4-7, 0-1), who fell to 2-3 under interim coach Kevin Clark. He replaced the fired Mike Jarvis on December 19.
"I'm extremely proud of this team today," Clark said. "They came into a difficult environment against a tough basketball team that has three all-league players."
The teams combined to shoot just 35 percent from the field (26-of-75) in the first half, going 2-of-16 from 3-point range.
Red Storm guard Elijah Ingram was 1-of-12 from the field for the game, 1-of-9 from behind the arc.