Friday , Feb , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

McNamara could play Saturday

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara will likely play
Saturday against Providence after injuring his left ankle during Wednesday’s
game against St. John’s.

McNamara was hurt with 12:21 remaining in the game, appearing to twist the
ankle while trying to dribble past a St. John’s defender. The 15th-ranked
Orange (23-5, 10-4 Big East) went on to win the game, 83-69, to snap a two-
game losing streak.

X-rays taken were negative and the injury was diagnosed as a sprain. McNamara
was able to practice Thursday, but only on a limited basis.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim believes McNamara will be on the floor
Saturday when the Orange close out their home schedule and try to give their
head coach his 700th career win.

McNamara, who said sitting out the final minutes of Wednesday’s game was just
a precautionary measure, is averaging 15.9 points in 28 games this season.