Syracuse 125, ETSU 75

EDS: Syracuse 125, ETSU 75; CORRECTS date of previous mark in 3rd graf; fixes style point in 5th graf.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Donte Greene had 25 points, hitting five 3-pointers as Syracuse matched its team record of 15, and the Orange beat ETSU 125-75 on Saturday night.

ETSU (4-5) entered the game averaging 80 points and Syracuse (7-3) came within a dozen points of matching that total in the first half alone, hitting 12-of-19 from long range.

The Orange finished 15-for-25 from long range to match the team mark set in an 87-77 overtime win at West Virginia on Feb. 15, 1997.

Syracuse also set a school record for field-goal percentage in a game by shooting 75.8 percent (47-for-62). The previous record of 73.3 percent (44-for-60) was set against Utica on Feb. 9, 1983.

Eric Devendorf matched his career high with five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Orange before leaving the game with a left knee injury in the first minute of the second half. He was to be examined on Sunday.

Arinze Onuaku also had 19 points, Jonny Flynn had 14 points and eight assists, Rick Jackson had 13 points off the bench, and Paul Harris had 12 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse.

Mike Williams, the leading receiver on the football team and a star basketball player in high school, practiced with the team during the week and entered the game with just over 5 minutes remaining. He made a layup with just over 2 minutes to play and swished the Orange's final 3 with 1:55 left and finished with seven points.

Courtney Pigram had 23 points and Travis Strong had 19 for ETSU, which was 12-for-33 on 3-pointers.

This was the second meeting between the teams. In its previous visit to the Carrier Dome, ETSU lost 120-81 in the 1988 Carrier Classic, and the Buccaneers suffered a similar fate in this one, allowing the most points in school history. Morehead State scored 124 in 1972.

Syracuse made its first six shots, forced five turnovers and ran out to a 16-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game before Pigram hit a driving layup.

Devendorf fed Onuaku for a two-handed slam dunk to start the surge. Flynn then fed the big center for a one-handed slam, Greene hit a fallaway jumper and a 3-pointer from the right corner, and Devendorf drained a jumper from left wing for an 11-0 lead.

Syracuse shot 76 percent in the first half, getting 19 assists on its 25 baskets, and led 68-39 at the break. That was two points shy of the team record for points in a first half, set against U.S. International in 1988 and matched the next year against C.W. Post.

Senior guard Josh Wright, who had played 19 total minutes in four games and had missed five others, missed the Orange's previous two practices and was not on the bench again. Head coach Jim Boeheim said afterward that he didn't think Wright would play again for the team.

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