Boeheim wins No. 700
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick poured in a career-high 36
points and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim earned his 700th career win, as the
15th-ranked Orange pounded Providence 91-66 at the Carrier Dome.
Warrick has been sensational over his last two games for the Orange (24-5,
11-4 Big East), who have won two straight overall. The senior forward netted
35 points, which was his previous high, in Wednesday’s win over St. John’s and
is shooting 69 percent over his past two games (22-of-32).
Boeheim, who led Syracuse to the 2002-03 NCAA championship, improved to
700-239 in his legendary coaching career and became the 18th man in Division I
history to accomplish the feat. Boeheim, in his 29th season as the school’s
head coach, is sixth on the career wins list among active coaches.
“I just wanted to get there,” said Boeheim. “We’ve been talking about it all
year long and you just want to win and get it over with. I’m happy to get
Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara, who was questionable with an ankle sprain,
scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists while playing in all 40 minutes.
McNamara left Wednesday’s contest after injuring his left ankle when he
appeared to twist it while trying to dribble past a defender.
Ryan Gomes netted 21 points and Randall Hanke contributed 17 for the Friars
(12-16, 2-12), who have dropped three of their past four contests.
The Orange led by four at halftime and opened up a 10-point lead early in the
second stanza. Louie McCroskey’s two free throws with 13:20 left in the game
made it 60-50.
Providence then trimmed the deficit to 62-57 on Gomes’ jumper moments later,
but that would be as close as the team would get.
Syracuse quickly used a 6-0 spurt, capped by McCroskey’s dunk with 9:45 to
play, to make it 68-57. McNamara’s three-pointer just over two minutes later
then stretched the cushion to 76-60 and the game was never close again.
Syracuse wasted no time gaining the upperhand as it raced out to a 12-2 lead.
Warrick netted seven early points and Josh Pace’s fastbreak layup with 16:46
remaining in the half capped the run.
Providence, though, hung tough and closed within 20-15 on DeSean White’s
jumper at the midpoint of the stanza. The Friars continued to draw closer as
Hanke’s follow-up slam dunk with 8:54 left cut the gap to one point.
Gomes’ three-pointer with just under four minutes left in the half tied the
game at 33-33, but Syracuse went into the intermission with a 40-36 advantage.
Warrick had 15 first-half points, while Hanke netted 16 for the Friars in the
opening 20 minutes.
Terrence Roberts ended with 14 points and 10 boards while Pace scored 11
points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win.