"They couldn't miss a three tonight," forward Terrence Roberts said. "We tried our hardest with that, but they just hit everything.
It was Syracuse's 28th straight victory against their in-state rivals, but Syracuse needed to employ a full-court press in the second half to get the win. The press forced 17-second half turnovers and led to 11 steals, but Syracuse could never really put Cornell away.
"I didn't think we'd be able to press them like that, but when you have to, you have to," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We did a good job. We really did. Surprisingly, good."
That's because the Big Red (3-6) shot 62.5 percent on 15-of-24 shooting beyond the arc and swarmed Warrick when he touched the ball.
Josh Pace added 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.
"That is the main thing when teams play Hakim and it is always going to leave somebody else open," Pace said. "I guess I was able to get open."
Cornell closed to within 53-44 with 11:37 left. Syracuse would then go on a 13-5 run over the next five minutes capped by a Pace runner to give the Orange a 66-49 lead with 6:24 left.
Cody Toppert was the top man for Cornell, finishing with 23 points and seven assists.
"I think we were playing good man-to-man defense in the beginning of the shot clock and then towards the latter part we gave up some shots," Pace said. "We just need to learn to play throughout the whole shot clock."
Syracuse turns to press again in win over Cornell
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