Scores

Final

Michigan State 83

(5-6, 0-3 away)

(17) Syracuse 96

(9-1, 8-1 home)

    12:00 PM ET, January 3, 2004

    Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

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    MSU 34 4983
    #17SYR 44 5296

    Four Orangeman starters combine for 83 points

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Josh Pace had a career-high 22 points, Billy Edelin added 22 and Hakim Warrick 21 to lead Syracuse (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) to a 96-83 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.

    It was the ninth straight victory for Syracuse (9-1), which played its strongest game in its first big test of the season.

    Michigan State (5-6), which was ranked No. 3 in the preseason, lost its fifth game against a ranked nonconference opponent in completing one of the most grueling early-season schedules on record. The Spartans also have lost to Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and UCLA.

    Gerry McNamara had 18 points for Syracuse, which shot 60.3 percent for the game and committed only eight turnovers.

    Paul Davis led the Spartans with 21 points, Chris Hill had 16 points and nine assists, Shannon Brown had a career-high 15 points, and Maurice Ager 14.

    The Orangemen went on an 11-0 run to start the second half and build an insurmountable 21-point lead. McNamara hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line, then followed with a 3 from the top of the key. Edelin hit a fast-break layup and Pace converted a three-point play for a 55-34 lead with 16:49 left.

    The Spartans elected to go inside to Davis against the 2-3 Syracuse zone, and he scored 10 straight points to keep Michigan State within reach.

    Alan Anderson's 3-pointer from the left corner moved the Spartans within 78-70 at 5:12, but that was the closest they would get.

    It was an emotional game for Warrick, who was cut by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo in a tryout for the Pan American Games last summer. Warrick, who played the second half with three fouls, scored nine points in the final 5:39 to keep the Orangemen comfortably ahead.

    Edelin, who finished with seven assists, had four points, and Craig Forth converted a three-point play as Syracuse stunned the Spartans early by scoring the first nine points of the game.

    Michigan State rallied to 23-18 after a 3-pointer from the left corner by Brown at 8:29 and a 3 by Hill offset one by McNamara to keep the Spartans within 40-34 entering the final minute of the first half.

    But Edelin fed freshman Terrence Roberts for a slam with 8 seconds left and Pace hit a jump hook from the foul line at the buzzer after an inbounds pass from Forth that traveled three quarters of the length of the court, giving the Orangemen a 10-point lead at the break.

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