Junior center Craig Forth scored a career-high 14 points to lead #19/21 Syracuse to a 74-61 victory over Siena on Saturday.
Forth was 6-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free- throw line in the game. He also added six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 33 minutes. He surpassed his previous career-best of 12 points, which he set against Georgetown and Seton Hall in 2001-02.
"I had a waffle and an omelet with some ham and cheese," Forth said when asked what he had for breakfast. "I might have to have it before every game now.
"I feel good physically and I've been working out," Forth added. "I've been working on my shot. I'm trying to be energetic and bring some energy to this team. I'm not worried about messing up so much. It's just a matter of forgetting about the outside world, going out and playing basketball. I did that today, and it worked out for me."
"Craig is playing great," sophomore guard Gerry McNamara said. "This is the Craig that we know, that we see every day in practice. He dominates our practice and he's starting to do it in games. His hard work over the past couple of years has really turned it over for him."
Junior Hakim Warrick notched his second consecutive double-double with 24 points and 10 boards. McNamara added 12 points, including two three-pointers. He now has 101 treys in the his career. McNamara is the 10th Orangemen to connect on at least 100 three's in his career.
Michael Haddix led Siena with 19 points and Austin Andrews contributed 14 markers.
Syracuse closed the first half on 22-8 run and took a 42-27 lead into the locker room. But the Orangemen struggled in the second half and let a 19-point lead slip to 66-57 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining before.
The Orangemen host Colgate on Monday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Warrick, Forth Lead SU In Win Over Siena
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