Scores

Final

Davidson 80

(6-3, 1-0 Southern)

Syracuse 90

(8-2, 7-1 home)

    1:00 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

    1 2 T
    DAV 36 4480
    SYR 36 5490

    Top Performers

    Davidson: I. Johnson 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Syracuse: G. McNamara 38 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    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 halftime.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAV
    SYR
    Points 80 90
    FG Made-Attempted 26-67 (.388) 30-61 (.492)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-29 (.310) 14-26 (.538)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-25 (.760) 16-20 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 13

    2005-06 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    » Dec 18, 2005 @SYR 90, DAV 80Recap