Syracuse saw it's 13 game-winning streak come to a screeching halt on Tuesday night as Seton Hall topped the Orangemen 74-67.
Syracuse is now 13-2 overall, 3-1 in the conference. Seton Hall ups its record to 11-4 overall, 2-2 in conference play.
Syracuse hadn't suffered a defeat since it opened the season with a loss to Charlotte at the Carrier Dome on Nov. 26. The loss to the Pirates also broke the Orangemen's nine-game regular-season conference winning streak. SU had not lost to a BIG EAST opponent during the regular season since a 75-61 defeat at the hands of Connecticut on Feb. 10, 2003.
Junior Hakim Warrick recorded his fourth double-double in the last five outings with a game-high 26 points and game-best 13 rebounds. He was 10-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line against Seton Hall. Warrick played all 40 minutes for SU, the third straight contest he has been on the floor the entire game. Warrick passed Leo Rautins for 45th on US's all-time scoring list with the performance and now has 1,032 points in his career.
Sophomore Billy Edelin notched 16 points in 39 minutes of action. He also had six boards and five assists. Junior Josh Pace grabbed seven rebounds and contributed nine points. It is the eighth straight game Pace has pulled down at least six rebounds.
Seton Hall connected on its first three shots of the game as it gained an early 7-0 lead. The Pirates built a 12-0 margin before a jumper by sophomore Gerry McNamara at the 16-minute mark got the Orangemen on the scoreboard. SU scored the next six points to pull within four, 12-8, at the 13:20 mark of the first half. A basket by Kelly Whitney and a three by Andre Barrett had the Pirates back in front by nine, 17-8. A three-point play by John Allen pushed the Pirates margin back to 12, 24-12, with 5:52 to go in the first half. Warrick netted eight of SU's next 10 points, but SU still trailed 32-22 and Seton Hall took a 35-25 edge into the locker room.
Syracuse fought back in the second half, opening the second session with six consecutive points to cut the Pirates' advantage to four, 35-31. Back-to-back baskets by Whitney had Seton Hall ahead 43-33 with 15:38 remaining in the game. An alley-oop from Andre Barrett to J.R. Morris extended the Seton Hall edge to 12 at the 11:38 mark. A free-throw by Andre Sweet gave the Pirates their largest lead, 56-43, with 8:30 to go. Two and a half minutes later, Warrick followed a miss by freshman Darryl Watkins and was fouled. He converted the three-point play to cut the lead to 58-50 at 5:54, but the Pirates answered on a bucket by Barrett. A three-pointer by freshman Demetris Nichols pulled the Orange within seven, 69-62, with just over a minute remaining, but Seton Hall held on for the eight-point triumph.
Orange Fall To Hall
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