Jan. 10, 2005
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By TOM COYNE
AP Sports Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Gerry McNamara had 22 points to lead No. 7 Syracuse
to a 70-61 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, making Jim Boeheim the
first coach with 300 Big East wins.
The Irish led 57-51 when Josh Pace scored six points in a 14-0 run by
Syracuse, which repeatedly scored inside. Pace started it with a 10-foot jumper
and Hakim Warrick, who was sitting with four fouls when the run began, added
four of his 12 points during the spurt, including a dunk on an alley-oop pass
from Billy Edelin.
Notre Dame (10-3, 2-1) was 0-for-7 from the field during the run with one
It was the ninth straight win for the Orange (16-1, 3-0) in their first game
this season outside the state of New York. It was the fourth straight win at
Notre Dame for Syracuse.
The loss ended Notre Dame's winning streak at six games and prevented the
Irish from going 3-0 in the league for the first time.
Boeheim has a 300-161 record in his 26th season in the conference. John
Thompson, who coached at Georgetown for 20 seasons, is second on the career
list with 231 wins. Jim Calhoun, in his 19th season at Connecticut, is second
among active coaches with 221.
The Irish trailed 38-34 at halftime and they opened the second half with an
8-0 run and twice led by eight points. They went ahead 57-51 when Chris Quinn,
who had 13 points, hit a 3-pointer. But that's when the Orange took control by
making seven straight baskets as the Irish simply couldn't stop them inside.
Warrick, who had four straight double-doubles against the Irish, struggled
on Monday, going just 2-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with five
rebounds. The Orange were just 10-of-24 from the free throw line, a season-low
The Orange shot 50 percent from the field, though, including 56.5 percent in
the second half.
Torin Francis had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Irish, while Colin
Falls had 14 points. Chris Thomas, who broke Pat Garrity's school record with
his 112th career start, was held to five points on 1-of-14 shooting, including
1-of-11 from 3-point range.
The Irish, who lost to Syracuse for the sixth time in seven tries, were
9-of-30 from 3-point range, including 3-of-15 in the second half.