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Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2005 8:31 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(7) Syracuse 75, Providence 71

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Ticker) -- Two clutch shots by Josh Pace kept Syracuse's streak alive.

Pace scored 14 points and Gerry McNamara made 3-of-4 free throws in the closing seconds as seventh-ranked Syracuse earned its 10th straight win with a 75-71 victory over Providence in a Big East matchup.

After the Friars put together a 17-6 run to close within 67-66 with 2:18 remaining, Pace answered with his signature lefthanded runner for a three-point lead with 55 seconds left.

"The key to our comeback was we came up on them, put the press on and really got aggressive going to the basket," Providence coach Tim Welsh said.

Ryan Gomes sliced the deficit back to one for Providence with an offensive rebound and a layup, but Pace responded with a jumper for a 71-68 advantage with 27 seconds to go.

Dwight Brewington missed a 3-pointer on the other end and McNamara made three free throws in the final nine seconds to seal the Orange's second straight conference road win.

"Providence made a great comeback," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We missed a few inside plays, but overall, throughout the game, we played pretty well offensively."

Pace shot 7-of-11 from the field and Hakim Warrick added 25 points and 12 rebounds - his eighth double-double of the season - for Syracuse (17-1, 4-0 Big East), which shot 58 percent (30-of-52).

After breaking out with four strong offensive performances, McNamara once again struggled on the offensive end, shooting 2-of-7 from the floor. He finished with 10 points and eight assists for the Orange, who improved to 33-7 in regular-season conference matchups with the Friars.

Craig Forth added 11 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse, which outscored Providence in the paint, 40-32, and held a slight advantage on the boards, 33-31.

"We emphasized going to the glass, but that also hurt at times at the other end," Welsh said. "They do a great job rushing the court; they really push the ball."

Syracuse finished with eight fast break points to Providence's two and got a handful of the baskets on the secondary break.

Brewington scored 21 points and Gomes chipped in 14 and seven rebounds for the Friars (9-7, 0-3), whose bench was outscored, 20-8, by the Orange in their third straight loss.

DeSean White added 14 points and Tuukka Kotti had 11 and four steals for Providence, which absorbed its third loss to a ranked opponent this season.


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