Syracuse 90, Davidson 80

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Gerry McNamara scored a season-high 38
points, hitting eight 3-pointers, and Syracuse beat Davidson 90-80
in a long-range duel Sunday.

It was the fifth straight win for the Orange (8-2) and snapped a
four-game winning streak by Davidson (6-3).

Syracuse was 14-for-26 on 3-pointers, one off the school record
set at West Virginia in 1997, and equaled its Carrier Dome record
for most 3s, set against Notre Dame in 2000.

Demetris Nichols, who was 4-for-8 on 3-pointers, finished with a
career-high 26 points, and Eric Devendorf had nine for the Orange.

Ian Johnson led the Wildcats with 23 points, Brendan Winters and
Matt McKillop each scored 15, and Boris Meno had 10.

Davidson, which entered the game averaging 36.5 percent on
3-pointers, finished 9-for-29 from long range. Winters, hounded by
the long-armed Nichols, struggled the most, going just 1-for-12.

Syracuse broke open a tight game with a 10-2 run early in the
second half to get a comfortable lead. McNamara, who finished
8-for-12 on 3-pointers, scored the first five points and Nichols
finished it with a three-point play, giving the Orange a 58-47 lead
with 13:51.

A 3 by McNamara midway through the half gave Syracuse a 72-59
edge, but the Wildcats never wilted.

McKillop hit a 3 and three foul shots to cut the lead to 79-71
with 3:58 to go, but Josh Wright responded by draining a 3 from the
right wing and McNamara fed Terrence Roberts for a slam dunk to
keep the Orange comfortably in front.

Davidson had trouble with Syracuse's tight man defense and was
unable to get its long-range attack in gear early. The Wildcats
converted only three of their first dozen tries, but Syracuse had
trouble scoring inside and 13 turnovers didn't help. That allowed
the Wildcats to stay close, and they left the floor tied 36-36 at