COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Hakim Warrick, Craig Forth and No. 19 Syracuse may have been playing outside the Empire State for the first time this season, but they looked just as comfortable as they would in the Carrier Dome.
Warrick scored 21 points and Forth added a career-high 18 for the Orangemen, who cruised past Missouri, 82-68, for their 12th straight victory.
Gerry McNamara chipped in 17 points and Josh Pace 15 for Syracuse (12-1), which played 11 of its first 12 games at the Carrier Dome, capping a nine-game homestand with a 96-73 rout of Boston College on Saturday. The Orangemen's other contest was against St. Bonaventure in Rochester.
The victory was the 665th of Orangemen coach Jim Boeheim's career, moving him past the legendary John Wooden for 19th place on the all-time list.
Boeheim was especially pleased with the play of Forth, who made 7-of-10 shots and all four of his free-throw attempts.
"Craig was working hard for position and wouldn't let them get in there, and I thought he had a tremendous game," Boeheim said. "Every time they went to double, Craig moved toward the ball, he found (his open teammates)."
Syracuse closed the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 38-32 edge into the break. The Orangemen kept their momentum going early in the second half, opening up a 63-46 lead on a jumper by Warrick with 9:27 remaining.
Missouri pulled within 71-63 on a pair of free throws by Ricky Paulding with 3:22 remaining, but Pace, Billy Edelin, McNamara and Warrick combined to make 11-of-12 free throws down the stretch.
The Orangemen connected on 24-of-30 free throws, while the Tigers made just 11-of-18.
"Syracuse is a good team and when you can't stop them it's hard to win," said Tigers coach Quin Snyder, whose team was outrebounded, 41-36. "Defensively we just had breakdown after breakdown. They were all mental breakdowns, and when the ball's up you have to go get it. They beat us to loose balls and one-handed rebounds."
Paulding scored 25 points to pace the Tigers (6-6), who have lost five of their last seven contests. Jimmy McKinney added 12 points and reserve Linas Kleiza had nine and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers misfired on 27 of their 32 3-point attempts. They shot 60 percent (21-of-35) from inside the arc.
"It's not so much about our physical effort, but our mental effort," Snyder said. "It's our mental focus, it's what we're doing on the court. We have to play with a purpose defensively."
"At times we're a team that can guard everything," Paulding said. "We shut people down and get stops and make runs. And at times, everything goes wrong on the defensive end because we're not talking and guys miss assignments and things like that. When things go bad, it's everything. We just play in spurts, and that's all there is to it."