(16) Syracuse 87

(2-1, 1-0 away)

St. Bonaventure 78

(2-2, 2-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2003

    Reilly Center, Saint Bonaventure, New York

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    #16SYR 44 4387
    SBON 37 4178

    Edelin adds 20 in 'Cuse victory

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Hakim Warrick scored 27 points and Billy Edelin added 20 to lead Syracuse (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) to an 87-78 victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

    Syracuse (2-1), which dropped nine spots in the AP poll after losing its season-opener to Charlotte and only defeating Rhode Island by four points, beat St. Bonaventure (2-2) for the 11th straight time. The game was played at Blue Cross Arena, the third time the upstate New York rivals have met in Rochester.

    Gerry McNamara had 19 points, Josh Pace 11 and Craig Forth finished with eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Orange.

    Marques Green led St. Bonaventure with 24 points, while Ahmad Smith had 17, Patrick Lottin 13 and Yankuba Camara 10.

    Syracuse shot 51.6 percent while the Bonnies hit 44.3 percent and were only 7-for-29 on 3-pointers. The Orangemen were not outrebounded for the first time this season, but they also didn't have an edge against the smaller Bonnies as both teams finished with 37.

    Syracuse led 44-37 at halftime and took command at the start of the second half.

    Consecutive fast-break layups by Edelin and another by McNamara put Syracuse up 52-39 with 16:35 left. Warrick's soaring dunk after a courtlong dash gave the Orangemen 57-43 lead less than two minutes later.

    McNamara's 3-pointer at 7:41 boosted the lead to 73-52, but the Bonnies battled back behind a barrage of 3-pointers. Green and Lottin each hit two from long range and Smith's follow off a missed 3 by Lottin had them within 77-67.

    But the closest the Bonnies got again was when Green hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    The Orangemen scored the first eight points of the game and led 15-4 when Warrick dunked an alley-oop pass from Edelin just 4:50 into the game.

    Undaunted, the Bonnies battled back. Green hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to pull them within 30-22 with 8:40 left, and his floater in the lane had the Bonnies within 34-30 at 5:47.

    After Forth's follow put Syracuse up 44-35 with just under two minutes remaining, Andy Smith blocked a shot by Warrick and Lottin raced back downcourt for an easy layup.

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