Saturday , Dec , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Syracuse seeks 41st straight win over Colgate

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – The 21st-ranked Syracuse Orange try to make
it 41 straight wins over the Colgate Raiders, as the two schools meet for
the 159th time tonight at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange have never faced a team as many times as they have Colgate and
they have fared very well in the series, posting a 113-45 all-time mark
against the Raiders. Syracuse’s 40 straight wins against Colgate is the
longest active mark at the Division I level. The teams are playing for the
14th straight year and the 17th consecutive time at the Carrier Dome.

Another streak the Orange have going for them, is that they have won 44
straight games against New York institutions, which includes Colgate.

Syracuse however, is coming off back-to-back losses following seven
straight wins to open the season. The team first loss to Wichita State
(64-61) at home before being bounced by Oklahoma State (72-68) in the Jimmy
V Classic in New York City on Tuesday.

As for Colgate, it was last in play on Wednesday, when it trounced Elmira
82-34. It was the third win in four games for the Raiders, who improved to 4-3
on the year.

Colgate has done a solid job at the offensive end of the floor this season,
averaging 70.1 ppg on 48.9 percent shooting from the field and 39.2 percent
from long distance. Jon Simon currently leads the team in scoring at 14.3 ppg
and he is also collecting 4.0 rpg. Kendall Chones is next in order with 10.9
ppg and he is shooting a sizzling 60.4 percent from the floor. In the team’s
last game, the Raiders made 50.7 percent of their field goals and scored 35
points off 28 Elmira turnovers in an easy win. The team dominated the boards,
43-31, as every player on the team saw at least 13 minutes of action in the
blowout.

The Orange has been effective at each end of the court thus far, as it is
averaging 76.2 ppg on 46.3 percent shooting from the field, while holding its
opponents to 64.0 ppg and only 36.6 percent shooting overall. Demetris Nichols
currently leads the team in scoring at 16.4 ppg and he is also shooting 44.0
percent from three-point land. Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris are tied for
second in scoring at 12.3 ppg apiece, with Harris also ripping down 7.0 rpg.
In the squad’s previous outing, Nichols poured in 26 points and recorded two
steals, but it still wasn’t enough for the Orange in a four-point loss to
Oklahoma State. Terrence Roberts added 14 points and seven rebounds for
Syracuse, which shot a solid 51.0 percent from the floor. The Orange however,
committed 23 costly turnovers and was also outrebounded, 33-23, in the loss.

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