Syracuse Beats St. Bonaventure

It wasn't Hakim Warrick's gravity defying reverse lay-up from under the hoop. Nor was it Warrick's thunderous dunk on the break off a breathtaking no-look pass from Josh Wright. Both occurred within 13 seconds of each other and each garnered a loud ovation, but neither came close to the explosion inside the Carrier Dome at the sight of the 11th man coming in off coach Jim Boeheim's bench.

With 8:44 remaining in the first half Billy Edelin entered the game and played competitive basketball for the first time in 10 months Thursday against St. Bonaventure. The ovation was thunderous and not a spectator was seated as Edelin joined his teammates on the court for the first time since last February.

"I couldn't help but smile," said backcourt teammate Gerry McNamara. "It's great having him back."

Despite obvious rust, Edelin contributed four points, three assists, and two rebounds in 15 minutes for the #3/5 Syracuse Orange (6-0) in a 91-67 route of the Bonnies (0-4).

"I just tried to get into it," Edelin said. "Not do to much, just go with flow."

Edelin had been missing in action due to personal problems and academic sanctions and his past history of missing a year and half is no secret.

"I've learned not to expect anything," Edelin said. "So I didn't expect that reaction from the fans it definitely got me going."

Before Edelin, senior Josh Pace got the Orange going. Pace had eight points and five boards within the first 8 minutes of the game to send the Orange running out to a 23-12 lead.

Warrick's eye-opening scores stretched the lead to 30-12 before Edelin entered.

The Bonnie's went on a 12-3 run to get within nine, 33-24, with 4:33 remaining in the first half. Edelin then decided he wasn't going to be a scapegoat and hit a short baseline jumper to cue a 15-4 spurt sending the Orange into the half leading 46-26.

The second half was more of the same as Syracuse simply outmatched and outplayed the Bonnies.

Warrick finished with 18 points and 11 boards, Pace had 14 and 10, McNamara put in 17 and Watkins contributed 12 points and 2 blocked shots.

"Our veterans took this game and did what they were supposed to do," Boeheim said. "The younger guys need to a better job of showing what they can do. These games are that kind of opportunity."

Sophomores Terrence Roberts, Louie McCroskey and Demetris Nichols all hit shots, but Boeheim said they're defense was questionable.

Josh Wright saw 15 minutes of actions, dishing out six nice assists and turning the ball over only once.

"I thought Josh made some good decisions tonight," Boeheim said. "He showed definite improvement."

St. Bonaventure was led by Wade Dunston and Michael Lee who scored 17 and 16 respectively.

"We played well," said coach Anthony Solomon. "Our guys were excited about the Dome and we played well, we were just outplayed."

The Orange takes on Colgate Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.

Notes:

-Center Craig Forth bobbled several passes and missed several easy shots. He finished 0-of-4 with zero points and five rebounds

-Points in the paints: Syracuse 46, St. Bonaventure 32.

-Fast Break Points- SU 23, SBU 12

-Dayshawn Wright had zero points and zero rebounds in eight minutes

-SU shot 55.2% from the field while SBU shot 42.4%

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