Syracuse vs. Rutgers Notebook

Billy Edelin sat out against Virginia Tech and UConn for personal reasons. He then returned to action Saturday at Providence. But Tuesday night, Edelin was nowhere to be found and the team refused to discuss the topic. Coach Jim Boeheim said a statement may be released about Edelin on Wednesday. Until then, the speculation continues. Here are some more notes and quotes from Tuesday's contest:

NOTES: Syracuse outscored Rutgers in the paint, 34-14...The Orangemen shot poorly once again from the free throw line. They shot just 13-for-22, and Gerry McNamara even missed two free throws...Tuesday's attendance at the game was 19,796.

QUOTES:

Coach Boeheim:

"I think there's a little bit of a mistaken impression that we're not battling hard, and that's not the case. I think we've struggled to score, and when you struggle to score, you can look bad." - on the perception that his team has been quitting on him the past few games.

"I thought Jeremy and Craig were huge tonight. They've got to step up. We need both of those guys if we're going to be effective." - talking about the play of his two centers.

"Gerry almost never misses those looks he got tonight." - on McNamara missing some open looks, shooting 3-for-9 from behind the arc.

"This game could have been disheartening...but we kept battling. And this was a good game to get." - talking about the hard-fought, up-and-down game.

"He's human. He's gonna miss one once in a while." - on McNamara going 1-for-3 from the foul line.

"We went with a bigger lineup. We've wanted to do that all year. And we were able to get away with it tonight." - talking about how he used Terrence Roberts and Hakim Warrick at the forward spots together for stretches during Tuesday's game.

"You just have to be able to adjust to that and go out and play." - on the absence of Billy Edelin.

"He's a good shooter, though. I wouldn't have been surprised if he had made them." - on the fact that Rutgers freshman guard Quincy Douby missed two three-point attempts in the final minute that could have tied the game.

Hakim Warrick:

"Whether it's one point or 30 points...a win is a win." - talking about how Syracuse needed a win of any kind.

"We would've been in trouble. It's important to go out and get a big one like that." - talking about how a loss would have put the Orangemen in a hole.

Josh Pace:

It's gonna be a battle every night. We know that now." - talking about the rigors of the Big East schedule.

Terrence Roberts:

"As soon as I got in the air, I had no legs...I won't miss too many of those." - on a second half dunk attempt that he did not convert.

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