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Syracuse gets easy victory in BCA Invitational

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Gorman finally had the game he's been
dreaming of for too long.

Gorman, a fifth-year senior for No. 20 Syracuse and the last
link to the 2003 national championship team, scored a career-high
12 points and the Orange's 2-3 zone shut down Penn in a 78-60
victory Saturday night.

Gorman replaced center Darryl Watkins with Syracuse trailing
15-12 midway through the first half and quickly asserted himself
with a key three-point play to complete a 10-0 run that gave
Syracuse a seven-point lead.

"This is what I've always been wanting to do," said Gorman,
who hit a 3-pointer late in the half and converted another
three-point play in the second. "I get my minutes however I get
them. My job is coming in and producing, offense or defense or
rebounds. Whatever it may be."

The game was the second of a doubleheader in the Black Coaches
Association Invitational, a round-robin at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse (2-0) will play UTEP (2-0) on Sunday, while St. Francis of
New York (0-2) will meet Penn (0-2).

Eric Devendorf and Terrence Roberts each scored 16 points and
Demetris Nichols had 12 as Syracuse reverted to its zone to take
charge of the game against the defending Ivy League champions. Josh
Wright, making the second straight start of his career at point
guard, had seven points, six assists and four turnovers.

Syracuse followed its season-opening 83-51 victory over St.
Francis with another solid defensive performance. A night after
forcing St. Francis into 26 turnovers with an aggressive man-to-man
defense, the Orange forced 20 turnovers and had 14 steals and eight
blocked shots in holding Penn to 38.5 percent shooting.

"Our defense won the game for us," coach Jim Boeheim said.
"Penn is a very good team. They were an NCAA (tournament) team the
last couple of years, they'll be one, I think, this year. This
could have been a lot tougher game, but we showed some good things
defensively."

The Orange scored a dozen points off 12 first-half miscues by
the Quakers to take a 13-point lead at halftime and never were
threatened in the second half.

Still, the Quakers didn't go away quickly.

Penn's leading scorer, Ibrahim Jaaber, scored only five points
before fouling out of the Quakers' loss Friday night. But he kept
them close against the Orange in the first half with 12 points,
hitting all five of his shots from the floor -- three layups and a
pair of 3-pointers.

"We are a running team, and we like to get out into transition,
and their weakness in their man-to-man showed a little bit," said
Jabber, reigning Ivy League player of the year. "I was able to get
past a few guys early in the game."

After Jaaber's layup at 7:55 put Penn up 17-14, Syracuse got its
uptempo attack in gear and scored 10 straight points in less than
two minutes.

Roberts, who led Syracuse with nine rebounds, converted a follow
and completed his own steal with a two-hand dunk to start the
Syracuse surge. Nichols then drained a 3 from right wing before
Gorman gave the Orange a 24-17 lead.

Nichols, Gorman and Wright each hit 3-pointers in the final four
minutes as Syracuse led 37-24 at halftime.

"I thought as the game progressed, we got more patient
offensively," Boeheim said. "We got the ball where we wanted
to."

Jaaber, who twisted an ankle late in the first half, was held to
six points in the second half as the Orange adjusted to his game.

"We did a good job in the zone of finding him and not letting
him get looks," Boeheim said.

A 3-pointer from the right corner by Tommy McMahon had Penn
within 40-31 with 17:59 left, but Devendorf swished a 3 from left
wing and Gorman's three-point play helped boost the lead back to
46-33 with 15:32 remaining.

"We did some good things," Penn coach Glen Miller said. "You
really have to keep Syracuse from going on those spurts. We were
unable to do that in the first half. It was tough. They are a very
good team. They have terrific balance inside and out."