SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Hakim Warrick scored 29 points, Terrence
Roberts had a career-high 20 and Syracuse (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) rallied late to
beat previously unbeaten Hofstra 80-75 on Thursday night.
It was only the second meeting between the Orange (13-1) and
Hofstra (9-1), and it was a battle all the way. The score was tied
six times, and Syracuse trailed for much of it before Gerry
McNamara led a 15-4 surge that put the Orange ahead by nine.
McNamara, who missed his first seven shots, finished with 17
points and six assists and Roberts led the Orange with nine
Warrick, called for traveling seconds earlier, converted a
crucial three-point play 15 seconds later to boost the lead to
four, but a tip by Adrian Uter moved the Pride back within a basket
with 46.5 seconds left.
Roberts then fed Warrick for a one-hand slam dunk with 14.3
seconds left and the Orange survived the Pride's prolific
The game was tied at 38 at halftime, and Hofstra forged ahead
early in the second by hitting eight of its first 12 shots,
including five 3s. A 3-pointer from the right corner by Agudio made
it 56-52 at 13:06.
But after Stokes hit a 3 from the top of the key to put Hofstra
up 61-59 midway through the half, McNamara hit a 3 from the left
wing to send Syracuse on its run.
Warrick had two dunks, Louie McCroskey hit a jumper and McNamara
came back with another 3 to complete the surge, which gave Syracuse
a 74-65 lead with 5:25 left.
That seemed to put the game away, but the Pride were hardly
intimidated and far from done. Josh Pace traveled, McCroskey missed
a 3, and Uter blocked Warrick's shot in the lane before Agudio hit
another 3 to make it 74-70 with 3:28 left.
Hofstra shot 50.9 percent and matched the Orange with 32
rebounds. Syracuse shot 49.2 percent for the game.