COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Syracuse's first trip outside New York was
a big success.
Hakim Warrick had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked
Orangemen pulled away in the second half to beat Missouri 82-68
Monday night for their 12th straight victory.
Coach Jim Boeheim won his 665th career game, pulling ahead of
John Wooden for 19th on the career Division I victory list. He's
665-227 in 28 seasons at Syracuse.
The Orangemen (12-1) are unbeaten since losing the opener to
Charlotte. This was their first true road game, and they were
impressive against a team ranked as high as third earlier in the
Syracuse arrived in Columbia on Saturday after beating Boston
College earlier that day. A sold-out Hearnes Center did not rattle
"We were intense from the beginning," said center Craig Forth,
who scored a career-high 18 points. "I think we really fed off the
Five players contributed to a 16-2 run that put the game away in
the second half, turning a three-point lead into a 59-42 edge with
11:13 to go. Warrick capped the run with his third dunk of the
game, and 37th of the season, off a feed from Josh Pace.
Missouri (6-6) was frustrated throughout by Syracuse's 2-3 zone
and went almost five minutes between points during its drought.
"This is the best our zone has been all year," Boeheim said.
"We knew we would have to get it going pretty soon and tonight it
was the difference."
The Tigers, who got a season-best 25 points from Rickey
Paulding, have lost five of seven after starting the season 3-1.
They're 4-2 at home including an upset loss to Belmont last month.
"We've got guys who are competing at various times, but
collectively we have letdowns," coach Quin Snyder said. "And good
teams expose those letdowns, whether it's forgetting to block a guy
out or not rotating to the shooter."
The Tigers twice cut the deficit to eight points in the final
four minutes. But Syracuse was clicking in all areas, including
making 17 consecutive free throws at one point after entering the
game shooting only 63 percent from the line.
"We made a lot of big free throws when the game could have
gotten close," Boeheim said. "If you miss those, it's anybody's
Warrick has four double-doubles this season and paced an attack
that had four players in double figures. Forth, a 7-footer, hit six
of his first seven shots on layups off slick feeds. Many of Forth's
baskets came when Missouri double-teamed Warrick or McNamara.
"We just realized they were doubling (Warrick) every single
time," Forth said. "If you double somebody, somebody is always
going to be open."
McNamara had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and Pace 15
for Syracuse. McKinney added 12 points for Missouri, which got a
lecture about its porous defense from Snyder after the game.
"They were getting easy baskets all night," McKinney said.
"That's what killed us, the easy baskets."
Syracuse finished the first half on a 14-4 run, getting six
points from Warrick and the last four from Pace and connecting on
its last five shots. That erased a four-point deficit, giving the
Orangemen a 38-32 lead at the break.
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Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.