Orange Top Jaspers

Sophomore Billy Edelin scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, as No. 21 Syracuse defeated Manhattan, 69-63 at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.

The game was a rematch of last year's first round NCAA tournament game between the Orange and the Jaspers.

Edelin was not only a threat on the offensive end for the Orange, but on the defensive end as well as he held Luis Flores in check in the second half. Flores poured in 15 first half points, but head coach Jim Boeheim did away with the 2-3 zone and switched to man-to-man defense. Edelin went up against Flores and held him to seven points in the second half.

"Edelin did a great job with Luis Flores," Manhattan head coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "We don't have a matchup for Billy Edelin. He hurt us in the NCAA tournament and he hurt us tonight. Billy Edelin was the difference in the second half."

With the win, Syracuse ups its record to 4-1. Manhattan falls to 3-1.

Manhattan shot 59 percent (16-of-27) in the first half and took a 43-34 lead at the half.

"Our zone was stagnant in the first half, they attacked our zone well," Boeheim said. "We were determined that we were going to play man-to-man in the second half. Our man-to-man was as good as it could be."

The halftime switch worked as Manhattan shot just 26 percent from the filed and had 19 turnovers. Edelin forced Flores to turn the ball over five times.

Edelin gave the Orangemen the lead for good with 12:39 left in the game as he scored four straight points for the 52-48 SU advantage. Flores was just 2-of-9 shooting in the second half.

"I thought Billy came out and played aggressively," Boeheim said.

The Orangemen held on by converting 7-of-12 from the line over the final five minutes.

Gerry McNamara had 16 points for Syracuse, followed by Hakim Warrick with 12. Warrick led the team with 10 rebounds.

In his second game in an orange uniform, freshman Louie McCrosky logged 21 minutes, had eight points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

"We're not playing well," Boeheim said. "The good news is we can get better and be we're we need to be."

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