McNamara leads Syracuse to 12th straight win
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Gerry McNamara poured in 29 points and made
five three-pointers, as Syracuse won its 12th straight game with a 77-58
victory over an injury-plagued No. 25 Cincinnati squad at Fifth Third Arena.
Demetris Nichols put together a solid performance with 18 points and 10
rebounds, while Terrence Roberts added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the
Syracuse (15-2, 3-0 Big East) shot 46 percent from the floor and held a
massive 51-27 edge on the boards.
James White led Cincinnati (13-4, 2-2) with 16 points and Eric Hicks and Devan
Downey tallied nine points apiece in the loss.
The Bearcats played on tired legs without the services of senior forward
Armein Kirkland, who tore the ACL in his left knee during Monday’s loss to
UConn and will miss the remainder of the season.
The lack of depth proved to be the deciding factor in the second half.
After Jihad Muhammad’s three-pointer got the Bearcats within 57-51 with 8:15
left in the game, Syracuse reeled off 11 straight points to put the game away.
McNamara scored the first five points of the burst on two free throws and a
trey and his layup gave the Orange a 68-51 advantage with 5:21 to play.
Cincinnati never threatened the rest of the way.
The Bearcats led throughout most of the first half by playing their starters
the majority of the minutes, but Nichols’ three-pointer just before the buzzer
tied the game at 34-34.
This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools…Syracuse shot 55.2
percent in the second half and outscored the Bearcats 43-24…Cincinnati made
just 4-of-19 from three-point range…The Orange scored 36 points in the
paint, showing Cincinnati’s lack of size without Kirkland…Cincinnati
freshman tight end Connor Barwin joined the team this week and scored two
points and grabbed one board in eight minutes of action.