Orangemen hold off Bonnies for second win

Hakim Warrick scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 16 Syracuse won its second straight game, topping St. Bonaventure, 87-78, Wednesday night.

Craig Forth added a career-high 12 rebounds and eight points for the Orangemen, easing concerns about Syracuse's meager contributions from its centers. Forth had come into the game averaging just 3 points and 4.5 rebounds.

The win was Syracuse's second in a row. The Orangemen (2-1), after dropping their season opener to Charlotte and just squeaking past Rhode Island by four points, slipped nine spots in the AP poll, but managed to held a pesky Bonnies (2-2) team, who shot just 7-for-29 from downtown.

Marques Green led St. Bonaventure with 24 points, but it wasn't enough, as Syracuse broke open a 44-37 halftime game.

Gerry McNamara (19 points) and Billy Edelin (20) each converted on fast-break layups and Warrick added a gravity-defying dunk to put the Orangemen up 57-43 with less than 15 minutes left.

A McNamara 3-pointer would give Syracuse a 73-52 lead with seven minutes left, and the Bonnies would never come closer than 10 points.

Notes: The game was held at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. ... The 11,650 on hand was the single biggest crowd for an athletic event in the Blue Cross Arena. ... Syracuse will next play Binghamton, Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

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