Edelin Nets Career High 28 Points

Billy Edelin is on a roll.<br><br>

After recording his second career double-double in SU's win over Asheville on Sunday, Edelin tallied a personal-best 28 points as Syracuse topped Canisius, 87-70 at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.

The #17/20 Orangemen (8-1) have now won their last eight games.

Edelin hit 14-of-17 field goals attempts and tied his personal-best with nine rebounds and nine assists. Edelin became the first SU player to make 14 shots from the floor since Otis Hill connected on 14 in a game against Alabama on Jan. 11, 1997.

"This year Coach has given me the green light to shoot that shot and it's opening things up," Edelin said. "I was just feeling good. Everytime I would get the ball, I was just trying to make a play, whether it was for me or one of my teammates. I felt good."

Boeheim is pleased with Edelin's progress, despite the fact that he missed 12 games last season.

"Well first of all, he has only played about 20-some games of college basketball, "Boeheim said of Edelin. " He sat out a whole year and then missed 12 games last year. He is still really in his freshman year almost, you could say, at least the end of it. And, last year he only played 18 to 20 minutes a game. I think he is getting better and more comfortable in terms of what the game is about. He still has some upside. He is looking to shoot the ball a little more and he is working on his shooting."

Sophomore Gerry McNamara finished with 21 points. He was 5-of-15 from three-point range. Junior Hakim Warrick added 19 points and nine rebounds and junior Josh Pace tossed in six points and tied his career high with nine rebounds. He also added six assists.

The Orangemen trailed 28-23 at the 8:31 mark of the first half, but went on a 15-0 run. Edelin hit three-straight field goals and McNamara scored the next five points on a pair of free-throws and a trey. Edelin closed the run with a layup. Canisius cut SU's advantage to five on a basket by Kevin Downey and a layup by Dewitt Doss cut the lead to, 41-38 at halftime.

The Orangemen led by two early in the second half and went on an 8-0 run to gain a 52-42 lead at 15:54. Edelin had four points on the run. A McNamara three extended SU's advantage to 14 and another Edelin basket gave the Orangemen a 76-60 lead.

Kevin Downey led Canisius with 16 points and Dewitt Doss had 15. Toby Foster grabbed a team-best nine boards.

Syracuse held the Griffs to 39 percent shooting (23-59). It was the fourth time this season the Orange defense has held the opposition below 40 percent from the floor.

Syracuse will host Big Ten foe Michigan State on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 12:00 p.m.

"Last year's game had such different meaning to it because they had only lost three or four times in that arena that they play in. So, for us to win there was a definite sign for us last year," junior center Craig Forth said. "This year, we lost to Charlotte and have an eight-game winning streak going on right now. It's going to be a great test for us."

Despite the eight-game winning streak, Boeheim said there's still room for improvement with this year's team.

"Right now we have a long ways to go," Boeheim said. "We couldn't wait any longer to start playing good teams. There is nobody left to play except good teams and we are going to struggle, we are going to have our ups and downs. We are not anywhere near where we have to be to be a good basketball team. It is pretty obvious. I don't think you have to know a lot about basketball to see that. We have a lot of weaknesses. We are going to have a lot of work ahead of us just to be respectable. I think we can get there, but after 10 games you should be much closer to where you need to be. We are miles from that."

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