Syracuse (2-1), which dropped nine spots in the AP poll after
losing its season-opener to Charlotte and only defeating Rhode
Island by four points, beat St. Bonaventure (2-2) for the 11th
straight time. The game was played at Blue Cross Arena, the third
time the upstate New York rivals have met in Rochester.
Syracuse shot 51.6 percent while the Bonnies hit 44.3 percent
and were only 7-for-29 on 3-pointers. The Orangemen were not
outrebounded for the first time this season, but they also didn't
have an edge against the smaller Bonnies as both teams finished
Syracuse led 44-37 at halftime and took command at the start of
the second half.
Consecutive fast-break layups by Edelin and another by McNamara
put Syracuse up 52-39 with 16:35 left. Warrick's soaring dunk after
a courtlong dash gave the Orangemen 57-43 lead less than two
McNamara's 3-pointer at 7:41 boosted the lead to 73-52, but the
Bonnies battled back behind a barrage of 3-pointers. Green and
Lottin each hit two from long range and Smith's follow off a missed
3 by Lottin had them within 77-67.
But the closest the Bonnies got again was when Green hit a
3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Orangemen scored the first eight points of the game and led
15-4 when Warrick dunked an alley-oop pass from Edelin just 4:50
into the game.
Undaunted, the Bonnies battled back. Green hit a 3-pointer from
the top of the key to pull them within 30-22 with 8:40 left, and
his floater in the lane had the Bonnies within 34-30 at 5:47.
After Forth's follow put Syracuse up 44-35 with just under two
minutes remaining, Andy Smith blocked a shot by Warrick and Lottin
raced back downcourt for an easy layup.