Warrick finished with 30 points, including making 18 of 22 free throw attempts. Both free throw totals, attempts and makes, tied Allen Griffin's school record. Add on nine rebounds and four assists to his 30 points, and it is easy to see that Warrick was the catalyst for SU's victory. During the second half, Warrick did the most damage, scoring 17 of his 30 points and finding open teammates when he was double-teamed.
"We called his play every time," said SU coach Jim Boeheim, referring to the second half stretch.
Aside from Warrick, there was not much else to celebrate in Syracuse's second straight sluggish game to open the season. Sophomore guard Billy Edelin was the only other Orangeman in double figures, with 16 points. Gerry McNamara followed up his 34 point season-opener with seven points on 1-of-9 shooting. And for the second straight game, SU's bench contributed only eight points. The Orangemen never really found a groove the entire game.
"We really struggled as a team offensively, and we really couldn't get anything going," said Warrick.
Luckily for the Orangemen, neither could Rhode Island. The Rams shot 1-for-22 from behind the arc, and only 33-percent from the field for the game. Despite grabbing 29 offensive rebounds, the Rams could not find a way to win.
"If we hit a couple shots, it'd be a different game," said URI coach Jim Baron.
As it stands now, Syracuse evens its record at 1-1. Syracuse takes on St. Bonaventure on Wednesday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Coach Boeheim hopes, by then, that his team can find itself.
"We're still trying to figure out where we're going."
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