EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Kelly Whitney made sure Seton Hall coach Louis Orr finally beat his alma mater.
Whitney scored 21 points before fouling out down the stretch as the Pirates snapped 16th-ranked Syracuse's 13-game winning streak with a 74-67 Big East Conference victory.
"I took a lot on my shoulders because last game, I didn't have the game I expected to have," said Whitney, who had six points in Saturday's loss at Boston College. "So there wasn't a lot of pressure on me this game, but the pressure was we needed this game."
Orr, an All-American at Syracuse in 1980 and a former assistant under Jim Boeheim, was 0-4 against the Orangemen since taking the Seton Hall job on April 4, 2001. The Pirates had lost the last five games in the series.
"He has been a mentor and a friend to me since I was 18," Orr said of Boeheim. "As always, (it's) a challenge and privilege to be on the same court as him."
The streak ended as Andre Barrett and John Allen had 16 points apiece for Seton Hall (12-4, 2-2 Big East), which opened the game with a 12-0 run and took a 35-25 advantage into the break.
"I think it was a sense of urgency when we came onto the floor today," Barrett said. "When we have that sense of urgency, we're going to win games."
"Our guys did everything they had to do to win the game," Orr added. "They followed the script to a 'T,' and it all started on the defensive end. We had a great start and showed great poise on offense."
Syracuse scored the first six points of the second half but got no closer.
"I thought the difference in the game was the start of the game," Boeheim said. "Seton Hall jumped us and got the lead, and we were never able to recover."
Gerry McNamara, who had been averaging 17.9 points a game, scored just six for the Orangemen (13-2, 3-1), who had not lost since dropping their season opener to Charlotte on November 26.
"He hurt himself early in the game, he pulled something," Boeheim said. "We're a different team when he's not able to do the things he's able to do."
Hakim Warrick had 26 points and 13 rebounds for his third straight double-double and Billy Edelin added 16 points for the Orangemen, who allowed the Pirates to shoot 52 percent (24-of-46).