Saturday , Feb , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Warrick’s career-high leads Syracuse past ‘Nova

=== Warrick’s career-high leads Syracuse past ‘Nova ===

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick poured in a career-high 32
points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as eighth-ranked Syracuse rolled to a 90-75
victory over No. 22 Villanova at a sold out Wachovia Center.

Josh Pace netted 21 points and Gerry McNamara contributed 18 points, seven
assists and five boards for the Orange (22-3, 9-2 Big East), who rebounded
from a loss to Connecticut on Monday.

“It was probably the best we played defensively in a while,” said Syracuse
head coach Jim Boeheim. “I thought this was one of our better efforts in the
league. There was nothing much that was bad about today.”

Randy Foye paced the Wildcats with 18 points. Curtis Sumpter had 13 points and
Allan Ray finished with 12 for Villanova (14-6, 5-5), which lost for only the
second time in its last seven games.

Foye’s layup midway through the first half tied the contest at 20-20.

Syracuse then went on a 21-5 burst over the next 8 1/2 minutes to grab a 41-25
advantage. McNamara had seven points and Warrick added six during the surge.

After Sumpter scored the next four points courtesy of a layup and two free
throws, Pace hit a jumper in the lane in the closing seconds of the stanza to
give the Orange a 43-29 lead at the intermission.

Warrick ended the first half with 13 points for Syracuse, which shot 62
percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes (16-of-26). Meanwhile,
Villanova, which was led by Sumpter’s 11 points, converted only 30 percent of
its field goal attempts and was just 8-of-18 from the foul line in the half.

The Orange continued to pour it on in the second half, scoring the first six
points of the stanza, including four by Craig Forth, to open a 20-point
cushion.

After the Wildcats cut the deficit to 54-41 on a layup by Mike Nardi with 14
minutes remaining, Syracuse countered with a 15-4 spurt to build a commanding
24-point advantage with just under eight minutes left. Warrick netted seven
points and McNamara chipped in six during the run that staked the Orange to a
69-45 lead.

“I think this was one of my best games,” said Warrick.

Villanova never seriously threatened, but used a late surge to get as close as
11 points.

SYRACUSE VILLANOVA