NEW YORK (AP) -- Gerry McNamara scored 25 points and Hakeem
Warrick added 23 to lead Syracuse to an 81-57 victory over Rutgers
on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
The third-seeded Orange (25-6) will play
second-seeded Connecticut in the semifinals on
Friday. Connecticut, the defending Big East and national champions,
advanced with a 66-62 victory over Georgetown.
The Huskies swept the Orange this season, including an 88-70
victory last Saturday to wrap up the regular season.
Warrick, the conference's player of the year, grabbed 13
rebounds as Syracuse, which was last in the semifinals in 2003 when
it went on to win the national championship, had a 43-32 advantage
on the boards.
McNamara, a first-team all-conference pick, was 6-for-9 from the
field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, and 7-for-7 at the
free throw line.
Quincy Douby had 14 points to lead Rutgers (10-19), which upset
Notre Dame 72-65 in the opening round. The Scarlet Knights were
trying to reach the semifinals for just the second time in school
history. They got there in 1999.
McNamara hit a 3 to cap a 10-0 run that gave Syracuse a 22-10
lead with 13:53 left in the first half. The Orange extended the
lead to 47-22 at halftime.
McNamara hit consecutive 3s to give Syracuse its biggest lead,
57-30 with 15:21 to play.
Rutgers used an 8-0 run to get within 64-49, but McNamara hit 3s
on consecutive possessions to end the run and the Scarlet Knights
didn't get closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
In the teams' only meeting this season, Syracuse won 86-84 at
Rutgers after overcoming an 18-point halftime deficit.