Orange Fall To BC In Quarterfinals of Tourney

One and done.<br><br> The Syracuse University Orangemen's trip to the Big East Tournament on Thursday was short-lived. Syracuse led by 15 points from Gerry McNamara and 12 points each from juniors Hakim Warrick and Josh Pace fell to Boston College, 57-54 in the quarterfinals of the tournament at Madison Square Garden.<br><br>

With 37.5 second remaining, BC's Jared Dudley hit two free throws to give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 55-54. BC then hit two free throws with six seconds left to preserve the win. Syracuse had a chance to tie the game, but Gerry McNamara's three-point field goal attempt bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

``They made the plays at the end and we didn't,'' head coach Jim Boeheim said.

McNamara became SU's single-season three-point field goals record holder with 89 this year. He hit four in the loss. McNamara broke Preston Shumpert's three-point field goal record of 88, which Shumpert set in 2001-02, with a three-pointer that gave SU a 10-point lead, 41-31, with 14:48 remaining in the game. The Eagles (23-8) responded with a 6-0 run in the next 2:15 to cut the SU lead to four, 41-37. After a jump shot by Warrick, Eagles center Craig Smith scored nine straight points for BC, which outscored the Orangemen 14-10 in the next nine minutes to tie the game at 51 with 2:51 left to play.

Pace led SU with seven rebounds. SU blocked 10 of the Eagles' shots, increasing its season total to 192 (6.86 per game), which ranks second nationally. Senior center Jeremy McNeil and Warrick each had three rejections. McNeil ranks fifth on SU's career blocked shots record list with 253 in 132 games.

"They just killed us on the backboards in the second half,'' Boeheim said. "That was the difference in the game.''

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