NEW YORK (Ticker) -- It took Hakim Warrick a half to warm up for the second straight night.
Warrick scored 25 points and Gerry McNamara added 21 to lead No. 6 Syracuse to a 77-62 victory over 23rd-ranked Memphis in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Warrick, who scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half in a semifinal victory over No. 14 Mississippi State on Thursday, scored 17 points again in the final 20 minutes to help the Orange close the game on a 26-11 run.
"This is a better Memphis team than the one that beat us two years ago," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "Carney was unbelievable in the first half. We were on him most of the time and he made some real hard shots.
"They made some long 3s (in the first half) and we didn't let that affect us. We kept our poise and weathered the string (of shots). We're a Top 25 team. That's it. It is nice to win the tournament. We've won three tough games the Princeton game was the toughest -- and that is a great experience for our guys."
The tournament MVP, Warrick shot 9-of-15 from the floor and converted 7-of-9 free throws.
"We have so many good players I don't think I have to carry the team," Warrick said. "I am a leader and I am going to try to go out there and make big plays. I realize I have to go out there and help my teammates, but we have so much talent on this team."
McNamara hit a pair of 3-pointers and sank all nine of his free throws. The junior had four rebounds and four assists without a turover.
The Syracuse (4-0) duo was going against Memphis stars Rodney Carney and Sean Banks.
Carney scored 20 points to keep Memphis (3-1) within 31-29 at the half. But he scored just five points in the second half as Syracuse pulled away.
Banks, a preseason Player of the Year candidate, was held to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Darius Washington also scored 13 for Memphis.
Coming off a career-high 33 points against St. Mary's on Thursday, Carney, was 9-of-21 from the field, including 5-of-13 from the arc.
"I get my points when I am feeding off the team," Carney said. "When we stopped playing team ball is when they made their run."
The Orange shot 52.2 percent (24-for-46) from the floor and held the Tigers to 31.7 percent (20-of-63). Memphis was 12-for-33 on 3-pointers.
"You could tell they were more of a veteran team than us," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "When it came down to winning, they made the plays. I said at halftime, we can't win when we shoot 30 jumpers. At the bench, I kept saying to drive the ball. We need to play from nine feet in.
"Hakim scored all his points nine feet in. You know what you get when you play nine feet in? Fouls...We had too many turnovers. That was a big thing we talked about."