Syracuse vs. Rhode Island Notebook

Here are some stats and one-liners from Saturday's contest between Syracuse and Rhode Island:

NOTES: 16,587 fans gathered in the Carrier Dome for the contest...Rhode Island outrebounded Syracuse 19-6 in the first 10 minutes, but Syracuse kept even with them the rest of the way. Rhode Island outrebounded Syracuse 55-41 for the game...Demetris Nichols hit his first three-pointer of his college career...Syracuse's three centers (Craig Forth, Jeremy McNeil, and Darryl Watkins) combined for: 5 points, 8 rebounds, 8 blocks, and 8 fouls in 39 minutes...Rhode Island outscored Syracuse in the paint, 44-32.

QUOTES: "I thought we'd be a little readier." - Coach Boeheim talking about the way his team performed in the first two games of the season..."Coming out of preseason practice, we looked like a team that could struggle for a while." - Coach Boeheim commenting on his young team needing time to mature..."It's college basketball. Everybody can play and you gotta be ready." - Coach Boeheim talking about the two close games his team has played against "lesser" opponents to open the year..."Now we've got one or two guys that can make them." - Coach Boeheim commenting on free throws and Warrick's day from the line..."Coach told me that I could shoot it ten times in a row if I wanted, and be aggressive. And if the double team comes, see the double team and dish it out." - Hakim Warrick on being the go-to guy today..."For some reason, we always start out slow. I don't know what it is. We gotta come out more excited or something. We gotta get it together." - Warrick talking about SU's slow starts each of the past three seasons..."I was looking in the record book, trying to find something I could break...To get in on that, it wasn't something I was planning, but I'll take it." - Warrick talking about his 18 for 22 day from the free throw line.

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