7:30 PM ET, January 20, 2004
IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The elation in the Seton Hall locker room was matched by the concern coming from Syracuse's.Kelly Whitney had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Seton Hall to a 74-67 victory over the Orangemen (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) on Tuesday night, snapping a number of streaks for both teams.Syracuse sophomore guard Gerry McNamara had six points on 2-of-10 shooting and was limited to 10 minutes in the second half by an injury to his left groin."I don't know when it happened but halfway through the first half something wasn't right," said McNamara who was hobbling on the court and then sat rubbing the upper part of his left leg while he sat on the bench for the final 10 minutes. "Coach knew I wasn't myself. He pulled me. I wasn't coming out."Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he might have stayed too long with McNamara, the other freshman with Carmelo Anthony who led the Orangemen to the national championship last season."He hurt himself early in the game. He wanted to keep playing but I probably should have taken him out and kept him out," Boeheim said.The Pirates (12-4, 2-2 Big East) had lost their last two games and their last five to Syracuse. It was Seton Hall coach Louis Orr's first win in five games against his alma mater and his former coach."We played with a purpose," Seton Hall senior guard Andre Barrett said. "We didn't want to go into the conference 1-3, that would have hurt us very bad. We would have dug ourselves a deep hole. This was pretty much a must win."The loss ended the 13-game winning streak Syracuse (13-2, 3-1) was on since losing its season opener to Charlotte. This was the last of a three-game road trip for the Orangemen, who won the first two at Missouri and Notre Dame.No. 4 Connecticut (3-0) is the only unbeaten team left in Big East play.Seton Hall started the game by scoring the first 12 points and Syracuse never really threatened to take the lead. The Pirates made sure there wouldn't be any late comeback by the Orangemen by going 14-for-16 from the free-throw line over the final 3:40."Our guys did everything they had to do to win," Orr said. "They followed the script to a `T,' especially on the defensive end. We had five straight stops and seven of eight at the start and then we held on to it."Barrett and John Allen each had 16 points for Seton Hall, which shot 52 percent (24-for-46).Hakim Warrick had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Syracuse, while Billy Edelin added 16 points."I thought the difference in the game was the start," Boeheim said. "Seton Hall jumped us and got the lead and we were never really able to recover. They just outplayed us. Part of it was the start of the game, but we should have been able to recover better than we did."Syracuse, which came in averaging 82.5 points, was 27-for-63 from the field (42.9 percent) but was only 3-for-11 from 3-point range. Edelin made the Orangemen's first 3 of the game with 2:58 to play. The last time the Orangemen didn't make a 3 in a game was March 10, 1995, against Providence."This was the first game all year offensively where we didn't get anything going," Boeheim said. "It was just one of those games for us and they took advantage of that."Seton Hall led 35-25 at halftime, and the Orangemen scored the first six points of the second half, four by Edelin. The Pirates responded with an 8-2 run capped by a dunk by Whitney with 16:47 to play. Two free throws by Allen with 3:10 left gave Seton Hall a 64-51 lead to match its biggest of the game.Warrick said losing McNamara was a big blow to the Orangemen."He is one of the best outside shooters in the nation and to lose a guy like that is tough on you because he is going to hit some shots and he would have hit some big shots down the stretch," Warrick said.Orr low-keyed his first win over Boeheim."It's always a challenge and a privilege to go against him, he's a legend," Orr said. "More important than me against him is that this is a confidence boost for our guys."
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