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Syracuse 58, Colgate 35

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Gerry McNamara scored 14 points, Demetris
Nichols had 13 and Syracuse used an overwhelming second-half surge
to beat Colgate 58-35 on Saturday night.

It was the fourth straight win for the Orange (7-2) and their
40th straight triumph over Colgate (4-5).

Syracuse led only 22-18 at halftime and the Raiders seemed
poised to make a game of it when Alvin Reed hit a fallaway jumper
in the first minute of the second period.

The Orange, playing their first game in a week, responded with a
27-2 run, holding the Raiders without a basket for nearly nine
minutes to take command. Colgate shot 29.8 percent for the game and
committed 23 turnovers.

Eric Devendorf scored three straight baskets and McNamara made a
pair of free throws after a technical was called against Colgate
coach Emmett Davis, boosting the lead to 30-20 at 16:33.

After Reed hit a scoop shot in the lane with 15:53 left,
Syracuse scored 19 straight points while the Raiders were making
just 2-of-12 shots. McNamara hit three 3-pointers to finish the
spurt and give the Orange a 49-22 lead.

Terrence Roberts had nine points, six of the Orange's 12 blocks
and six turnovers.

Reed led the Raiders with 11 points and Kyle Chones had eight
points and seven rebounds as Colgate equaled Syracuse with 30
boards.

The Orange fell behind at the start when Kyle Chones hit a 3
from the left wing in the first minute of play to give Colgate a
3-0 lead. Although the Orange missed eight of their first nine
shots, the Raiders never took advantage in their slowdown game,
letting the shot clock wind down repeatedly looking for an open
shot that rarely came and then missing.

The Orange trailed 9-4 before going on a 15-3 run to take the
lead. A 3-pointer by McNamara from the top of the key off a nice
feed and screen by Josh Wright tied the score at 9-9, and a
fallaway jumper along the baseline by Nichols gave Syracuse a 13-12
lead.

A hook in the lane by Darryl Watkins, a driving layup by Wright
and a bank shot by Nichols gave the Orange a 19-12 lead. But a
goaltending call against Watkins in the final minute moved the
Raiders within 22-18 at the break.