Syracuse tops Le Moyne; Gorman will redshirt

Gerry McNamara scored 14 points and was one of six Syracuse players in double figures as the Orange blasted Le Moyne, 101-46, at the Carrier Dome, Monday.

"We have a lot of athletes and big bodies down there," Warrick said. "We did a good job attacking the glass, offensively and defensively."

The Orange outrebounded the Dolphins 58-22. Sophomore Darryl Watkins led the way with nine boards.

Syracuse got off to a good start, scoring the first nine points of the game before Le Moyne closed the game to 14-11 with 5:08 left in the first half. But the Orange went on a 17-2 run over the last six minutes of the half to post a 49-20 lead at halftime.

Trent Morgan led Le Moyne with a game-high 15 points, all from 3-pointers.

"He's a guy you have to respect," Gerry McNamara said. "It's good to face a guy like that because we're going to see a lot of them."

Gorman will redshirt

Matt Gorman, a junior power forward, will redshirt this year, head coach Jim Boeheim said.

"We talked about it and we feel that he is a good offensive player," Boeheim said. "He has been getting better in practice and next year there is a different scenario for him."

The 6-foot-9 reserve has been used sparingly over the past two years, logging only 16 games with career averages of 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds. Gorman would have trouble earning playing time with Hakim Warrick cemented at power forward and Terrence Roberts and Dayshawn Wright also competing for minutes.

Gorman was the only player not to play in last night's exhibition game. According to NCAA rules, Gorman will not be allowed to play any games this year.

Wrights get first taste

Freshmen Josh Wright and Dayshawn Wright (no relation) got their first Syracuse basketball experiences last night. Dayshawn Wright played 16 minutes and scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds. He played the offensive glass well, picking up three.

"Dayshawn is a very good rebounder and passer," Boeheim said. "He can put the ball on the floor, for a big guy. However, he is caught up in that forward position with a lot of guys there."

Meanwhile, Josh Wright played 19 minutes and handed out five assists. He showed signs of brilliance, getting a good crowd reaction for his spin moves, no-look passes and flashy dribbling.

But he also showed signs of youth. Once, he was called for traveling while attempting a spin move and another time nearly turned it over on a fast break trying to put the ball behind his back. He finished with two turnovers.

"I just wanted to come out and get a feel for the game, get a feel for the court and the environment," Josh Wright said. "I just played within myself and helped my teammates out tonight."

Still, his solid performance may not warrant playing time.

"Gerry is as much a point guard, or more, than he is anything else," Boeheim said. "Josh Wright will have to go through Josh Pace to get a lot of playing time and that is not going to be easy to do."

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