Kent State 66

(6-5, 3-3 away)

Syracuse 78

(11-2, 9-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 30, 2005

    Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

    1 2 T
    KENT 30 3666
    SYR 37 4178

    Top Performers

    Kent State: D. Haynes 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Syracuse: T. Roberts 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Syracuse 78, Kent State 66

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Louie McCroskey and Eric Devendorf combined for 30 points, Terrence Roberts had 21, and Syracuse beat Kent State 78-66 on Friday night.

    Syracuse (11-2), which won its eighth straight, has not lost since Devendorf replaced McCroskey in the starting lineup a month ago. On this night, they worked well together as the Orange used a balanced attack and pounded the ball inside repeatedly against the Golden Flashes (6-5). Syracuse scored 52 points in the paint.

    Devendorf finished with 16 points and Gerry McNamara had 10 points and 12 assists, his fourth double-double of the season, also matching his career high for assists, and Demetris Nichols had 10 points.

    DeAndre Haynes had 17 points and six assists off the bench, Isaac Knight had 11 points, and Armon Gates 10 points for Kent State.

    Syracuse blew its seven-point halftime lead in the first two minutes of the second half, missing three times and committing a turnover. The Golden Flashes took advantage, getting a goaltending call against Darryl Watkins, two free throws by Omni Smith, and a fast-break layup by Haynes to make it 37-36 at 18:06.

    Any hopes of an upset disappeared in a flash as the Orange responded with a 10-0 run to take command. McCroskey scored on a layup off an inbounds pass, then hit a spinning layup off a feed from McNamara to give the Orange a five-point edge.

    Devendorf's scoop shot, a driving layup by Roberts, and a layup off the glass by McCroskey, who switched hands in midair, made it 47-36 at 14:37.

    McNamara completed his eighth career double-double when he hit a 3 from the top of the key to give the Orange a 61-48 lead with 8:06 left.

    The first half was tied three times, the last coming after Haynes hit a long 3 to make it 17-17 midway through the period. Roberts and McNamara then keyed a 15-6 Syracuse run that gave the Orange a nice cushion.

    McNamara began it with his 29th steal of the season and 221st of his career, which moved him past Pearl Washington into fourth place all-time at Syracuse. That led to two free throws by Devendorf, and McNamara followed that with an alley-oop pass to Roberts for a thunderous slam dunk.

    After Roberts converted twice more from in close, McNamara hit 3 from the top of the key and then fed Watkins for another slam dunk to give Syracuse a 32-23 lead with 5:14 left.

    Mike Scott hit a midrange jumper with just under a minute to play and Haynes made a runner in the lane with 1.5 seconds left to bring the Golden Flashes within 37-30 at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 66 78
    FG Made-Attempted 22-62 (.355) 29-52 (.558)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-29 (.276) 3-14 (.214)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 17-29 (.586)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 16

    2005-06 Season

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