SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Thanks to the leadership of Hakim Warrick, No. 8 Syracuse avoided losing to Cornell for the first time in 36 years.
Warrick scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds to give the Orange its 28th consecutive victory over the Big Red, 82-69.
Cornell, which last defeated Syracuse on December 4, 1968, made seven of its first 11 shots, with Cody Toppert and Lenny Collins scoring six points apiece, to give the Big Red a 19-13 lead midway through the first half.
"We didn't do a good job guarding the three," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "From the beginning of the game, we weren't ready to defend. There's no excuse for not playing. These are 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids. They should be ready to play every day."
But Syracuse (10-1) clawed its way back to take a halftime lead at 36-35 when Louis McCroskey scored seven of the Orange's final nine points, including the go-ahead bucket with 11 seconds remaining.
"Coach was pretty ticked at halftime," Syracuse forward Terrence Roberts said. "We need to come out and play hard from the beginning. For some reason, teams come into our gym and shoot better than we do."
Roberts scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Josh Pace finished with 16. Both players played a crucial role in a 30-14 outburst that allowed Syracuse to take a 66-49 lead with 6:50 remaining.
The Orange have won their first seven home games by an average of nearly 23 points and extended their winning streak to 33 straight games against in-state opponents despite Cornell shooting nearly 63 percent from beyond the arc (15-of-24) to set a school and Carrier Dome record for 3-pointers.
"Our play tonight took another step back," Warrick said. "We definitely need to be more agressive and play with more intensity every night. They're not the Washington Generals. They have a good team and we just can't show up."
Toppert ended up with 23 points and was the lone player in double figures for Cornell (3-6).
"I always have confidence in my shot," Toppert said. "I expect to knock out my shots. It was a great feeling. My confidence was sky high after I made my first few and then it snowballed."