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Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2004 10:42 PM EST
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(6) Syracuse 104, Northern Colo 54

SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Syracuse could not have asked for a better start to a season filled with high expectations.

The Orange scored the game's first 24 points and Hakim Warrick finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds as No. 6 Syracuse beat Northern Colorado, 104-54, in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Behind eight points by Gerry McNamara and six from Warrick, the Orange converted 11-of-15 shots to start the game. Sean Nolan's 3-pointer got Northern Colorado on the board with 12:30 left in the first half.

McNamara drained 3-pointers on his first two shots and Warrick contributed a pair of dunks and two jumpers.

The opening 24-0 run was eight points shy of the Division I record to start a game. Connecticut scored 32 straight points against New Hampshire on December 12, 1990.

It was the first time the Orange topped the 100-point mark since a 101-63 thumping of Colgate on December 22, 2003.

"That's how we wanted to come out," McNamara said. "That (opening run) could really devastate a team. We didn't let them shoot. We didn't give them any uncontested shots."

Warrick had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the first half for Syracuse, which shot 64 percent (43-of-67) and held the Bears to just over 25 percent (18-for-71).

"It was a great start," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "They were a bit overwhelmed. Everybody was sharp tonight. Overall, it was a good effort."

Syracuse will play Princeton on Friday in the second round of the tournament with the winner advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on November 18. Princeton defeated Bucknell, 61-48, in the first game of a doubleheader at the Carrier Dome.

"Both Princeton and Bucknell impressed me tonight," Boeheim said. "We have our work cut out against Princeton. It will be a tremendous challenge. They're one of the hardest teams to guard in the country."

Josh Pace scored 13 and McNamara added 11 for the Orange, who return all five starters from a squad that reached the Sweet 16 last season.

Sean Taibi had 16 points and seven assists for Northern Colorado, which is beginning its second season of Division I basketball and returned just three players from a season ago.

The Bears will play Bucknell on Friday in the consolation game.

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