Orange cruise past Quakers in BCA Invitational
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Devendorf and Terrence Roberts each
scored 16 points to lead 20th-ranked Syracuse to a 78-60 victory over Penn in
the BCA Invitational at the Carrier Dome.
Demetris Nichols and Matt Gorman chipped in 12 points apiece for the Orange
(2-0), who will face Texas-El Paso on Sunday. UTEP beat St. Francis-NY earlier
Ibrahim Jaaber scored 18 points and Mark Zoller added 11 for Penn (0-2), which
had lost to UTEP on Friday.
Devendorf opened the game with a three-pointer for Syracuse, but Jaaber
answered with his own shot from beyond the arc and Penn was extremely
competitive for most of the first half.
Consecutive threes by Jaaber and Andreas Schreiber gave the Quakers a 15-12
lead midway through the half and Penn was ahead 17-14 moments later. The
Orange followed with the next 10 points.
A putback by Roberts ignited the burst and he followed with a steal and a dunk
to put Syracuse on top. Nichols drained a three-pointer and Gorman converted a
three-point play to cap the surge with 5:51 left in the half.
After a Tommy McMahon three pulled Penn within 25-21, Nichols hit a shot from
outside the arc to ignite a half-closing 12-3 Syracuse run. Gorman and Josh
Wright also hit threes during the spurt to give Syracuse a 37-24 halftime
The Orange lead hovered around 10 points during the early stages of the second
half and Penn pulled within 50-43 with 12:35 to play after a Zoller free
Devendorf answered with a three-pointer to start a 12-0 run for the Orange.
Two free throws by Wright gave Syracuse a 62-43 cushion before Zoller hit a
jumper to stop the bleeding for Penn.
The Quakers, though, failed to recover and Syracuse led by as many as 23 in
the final minutes.
Roberts made 7-of-8 shots and had a game-high nine rebounds…Syracuse shot 54
percent and held Penn to just 38 percent…Syracuse leads the all-time series
27-20…This was the first meeting between the teams since the 1979 NCAA
Tournament, when Penn posted an 84-76 victory on their way to the Final Four.