SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Jim Boeheim is breathing a little easier after seeing No. 5 Syracuse overcome a pesky Patriot League opponent.
Hakim Warrick scored 23 points to lead four players in double figures as the Orange came away with a 68-55 victory over Colgate.
Syracuse (7-0) defeated the Red Raiders for the 37th consecutive time and won its 31st straight game against New York State opposition.
Trailing 21-10 midway through the first half, Colgate (2-4) went on a 19-10 run with eight points from Andrew Zidar to close the gap to 31-29 at intermission.
"I thought Colgate really did a nice job on us tonight," Boeheim said. "I was really impressed with their guards. They made some tough shots against us. They executed very well. We didn't guard well in the low post and perimeter."
The Red Raiders tied the score at 44-44 when Jon Simon buried a jumper with 10:52 remaining. Then Terrance Roberts scored six of his 13 points in a 13-1 run to give Syracuse a 57-45 advantage with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
"They (Colgate) played with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity," Roberts said. "And we didn't play like a (Top-Five) team."
"I think we took a giant step backwards tonight," Warrick said.
Several Syracuse starters struggled in the game. Gerry McNamara scored just two points in the first half and finished with 12, while Craig Forth was held scoreless and Demetris Nichols had only one point.
Despite victories over Memphis and Mississippi State in the recent Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Boeheim is not sure when the real Syracuse ball club will show up.
"We were getting such uneven play from some guys," Boeheim said. "It's hard to know who should be in the game. We've had a couple of fool's gold games against a couple of teams who are supposed to be good. We'll find out more about us Tuesday (against Oklahoma State)."
Simon scored 18 and Zidar added 12 for Colgate, which saw its road record fall to 0-4.
"To play well in this kind of atmosphere and make this competitive was great for our team and our program," Colgate coach Emmett Davis said. "It was a lot of fun for our players to play well for large portions of this game. I'm extremely proud of our players."