Warrick scored a career-high 32 points and McNamara added 18 as No. 7 Syracuse topped No. 25 Villanova 90-75 Saturday afternoon at the Wachovia center.
McNamara hails from Scranton, Pa. about a 120-mile drive to Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Warrick went to high school at Friends Academy, which is right in the Philadelphia area.
Warrick was not recruited heavily by any of the major Pennsylvania schools, instead taking a scholarship at Syracuse (22-3, 9-2 Big East). Saturday, he showed them something of what they've missed over the past four years.
During that time, Warrick has developed into one of the nation's top players, and a sure-fire first-round NBA draft pick.
Villanova (14-6, 5-5) was helpless against Warrick, as he easily sliced through its defense, shooting 10-of-14 from the field, 12-of-16 from the free throw line. He also added five dunks, and after each slam Warrick threw down, he pointed to the Syracuse cheering section adjacent to the Syracuse bench.
As for McNamara, his following has become stuff of legend by now, as droves of fans from his hometown follow McNamara wherever he plays. He didn't disappoint either, scoring five-straight points to lead an 18-9 run to give Syracuse a 43-29 at half. The Orange was never seriously challenged after that.
Josh Pace chipped in 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
It helped put an end to a tough stretch for the Orange, one in which they lost two-straight games to top 25 teams.
Randy Foye paced Villanova with 18.
McNamara, Warrick enjoy homecomings
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