Pennsylvania 60

(0-2, 0-2 away)

(20) Syracuse 78

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 11, 2006

    Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

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    PENN 24 3660
    #20SYR 37 4178

    Top Performers

    Pennsylvania: I. Jaaber 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Syracuse: T. Roberts 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    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."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 78
    FG Made-Attempted 20-52 (.385) 27-50 (.540)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-26 (.308) 8-18 (.444)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-20 (.600) 16-27 (.593)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

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