Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Orangemen walk plank, lose to Seton Hall

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Kelly Whitney scored 21 points and
grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out, as Seton Hall ended No. 13
Syracuse’s 13-game win streak with a 74-67 upset victory at the Meadowlands.

John Allen and Andre Barrett added 16 points apiece for the Pirates (12-4, 2-2
Big East), who snapped a five-game losing streak to Syracuse and a two-game
slide overall.

“We played with a purpose,” Barrett said. “We didn’t want to start out the
conference 1-3.”

Hakim Warrick poured in a game-high 26 points for the Orangemen (13-2, 3-1),
but guard Gerry McNamara spent a large portion of the game on the bench after
shooting just 2-of-10 from the field, a victim of the Pirates’ good defensive

Seton Hall opened the game with a 12-0 run and controlled the first half tempo
until the teams headed to the locker room at the break.

The Orangemen didn’t get on the board until McNamara’s jumper with four
minutes gone in the half. That sparked an 8-0 spurt for Syracuse, which pulled
as close as 12-8 on Josh Pace’s bucket with 13:20 to play before the half.

But the Pirates didn’t let their opponent get any closer than that. They
responded by scoring 12 of the next 16 points, restoring their 12-point
advantage on a three-point play by Allen.

Seton Hall maintained its double-digit lead for the remaining six minutes of
play and ended the first half with a 35-25 cushion.

The Orangemen kept threatening to make a game of it in the second half, but
the threat never materialized.

They opened with a 6-0 burst and pulled within 35-31 on Pace’s jumper two
minutes in, but never came closer than that.

Later in the half, Syracuse cut a 13-point deficit to eight with five points
in a matter of 20 seconds. Warrick converted a steal into a dunk to make it
64-56 with 2:34 to play, but the Orangemen couldn’t do the same when they
followed that basket with another steal.

Instead, Barrett made a pair of free throws at the other end to give the
Pirates a 66-56 advantage with just over two minutes to play.

Syracuse, which hadn’t lost since dropping a narrow decision to Charlotte in
its season opener, wouldn’t come closer than seven the rest of the way.