After celebrating last season's national championship with the national championship banner raised in front of 20,733 adoring fans at the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse Orangemen took the court and may have lost their best player.
Junior forward Hakim Warrick went down with an ankle injury with two minutes left in the first half. He ran off the court straight past the bench and into the locker room. He did not return, leaving the Carrier Dome to get X-rays on his ankle.
The Orange trailed by as many as 18 late in the second half as Cedric Ceballos led the Globetrotters with 20 points and former Syracuse star Lazarus Simms put in 9 points and 9 assists.
"Z (Sims) played great," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "He did a great job of getting the ball to the right people. He really hurt us the most."
The Orange were outscored 23-9 at the end of the second half, unable to overcome a 50-33 halftime deficit. They rallied often, but could not get the Globetrotter lead under 10.
"We fought back and we didn't let the game get out of hand," guard Billy Edelin said. "It would have been easy for us to fold up. Things weren't going our way at certain points, but we tried to battle and fight back."
Edelin led Syracuse with 20 points and seven assists. Josh Pace using an array of floaters and leaners in the lane. He finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Pace said. "We needed this game to get ready for the season. It's a learning experience."
The rest of the Orangemen were nowhere to be found. Gerry McNamara had just 11 points, four assists, and one steal while the rest of the Orange looked lost, overmatched by the larger, more experienced Globetrotters.
Craig Forth missed all three of his shots, coming on wide open put backs.
Jeremy McNeil saw limited action, but did block four shots. The rest of Syracuse's centers couldn't contend with Ron Rollerson, the 6-foot-10 monster out of Temple. He had 12 points and six rebounds and reeked havoc in the paint. The Globetrotters outscored SU 26-13 on second-chance points and held a slight advantage in rebounds, 50-44.
"It was good for us to go out there and see where we're at," Edelin said. "It's something we're going to have to build on. We have some time before our next game, so I think it was a good stepping stone."
The first regular season game for the No.7 ranked team in the AP preseason poll is on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 p.m. against UNC-Charlotte at the Carrier Dome.
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