Syracuse (6-1) hosts UNC-Asheville on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
McNamara scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. He tied Jason Cipolla with 105 career three-pointers.
"I think this was our best game," McNamara said. "We needed a game like this. We needed to really run up the score and feel good about ourselves. The energy was high even at the end when our guys off the bench went in, so it was just a great game for us to build our confidence."
Five players scored in double figures, including freshman Demetris Nichols, who scored a personal-best 10 points off the bench. Junior Hakim Warrick was SU's leading scorer with 17 points. He also tied his career-high with five assists. It was the first time the Orange have had five double-digit scorers in a game since the 2002-03 regular-season finale against Rutgers on March 9, 2003.
Junior Craig Forth recorded two blocks to move into a tie with Otis Hill for ninth on SU's career blocked shots ledger with 122 rejections. Freshman Darryl Watkins had career bests with six points and six rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
"It was a good opportunity for the freshmen to get a lot of shots," head coach Jim Boeheim said. "Hopefully someday they'll be able to make some of them. At least they got into position and got some good looks. I think that's a good thing. I thought Mookie (Darryl Watkins) played very well. He was very active. I thought it was just a good offensive game for us."
Syracuse never trailed in the contest and opened up a 29-13 lead midway through the first half thanks to a 25-9 run. McNamara and junior Josh Pace paced the Orange during the stretch with eight points and seven points, respectively. A Warrick jumper gave SU a 23-point first-half lead and the Orange took a 52-30 margin into the break.
After a Pace layup made the score 63-32 with 17:37 left, the Raiders (5-4) connected on three-pointers on three straight possessions. Mark Linebaugh hit the last two, which pulled Colgate to within 25, 73-46. That was as close as the Raiders would get.
Pace finished with 11 points and sophomore Billy Edelin connected on 14 of 7-of-9 shooting. He also added seven assists. The Orangemen shot a season-best 57 percent from the floor (45-79) and outrebounded the Raiders 50-27. Syracuse also held a 58-22 advantage in points in the paint.
Linebaugh connected on five three's and scored 23 points to lead the Raiders. Howard Blue added 16 and Kendall Chones went for nine points and paced Colgate with seven rebounds.
"Overall, this was really, when you look at our season, this is the first game we've had that we really got control of the game," Boeheim said. "There wasn't any doubt about it. I think this was a good game for us at this stage. Hopefully we'll be able to go home for a couple days and come back and go to work and get ready for the end of the month."
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