ALBANY, New York (Ticker) -- Syracuse continued to feast on in-state opponents.
Gerry McNamara scored 29 points with six 3-pointers to lead the fifth-ranked Orange to a 78-56 victory over Siena.
The win improved Syracuse to 6-0 all-time against the Saints, who dropped to 0-5 for the first time in school history. The Orange (5-0) have won their last 29 games against New York State opponents.
It was the first appearance at the Pepsi Arena for Syracuse since it beat Auburn and Oklahoma to earn a berth in the Final Four en route to its first NCAA title in 2003.
McNamara provided the early spark for Syracuse, scoring 18 first-half points with three 3-pointers. His four-point play 5:17 into the game capped an 18-2 opening run.
He finished 9-of-17 from the field, connecting on his 200th career 3-pointer early in the first half.
Hakim Warrick and Josh Pace scored 13 points apiece for the Orange, who improved to 34-3 in the month of November since 1996. It was their first game since capturing the Coaches vs. Cancer championship at Madison Square Garden, with victories over Mississippi State on November 17 and Memphis two days later.
Warrick overcame a bad shooting night with 15 rebounds.
Craig Forth, who went to high school in nearby East Greenbush, totaled seven points and eight rebounds for Syracuse, which outrebounded Siena, 54-29.
Michael Haddix scored 15 points and Tay Fisher added 12 for Siena, which committed 23 fouls and made just 11-of-19 free throws.