Trifecta City - SU Uses the Three to Whip TCU

It's not often you hear about a great three-point shooting game from the SU basketball team without mentioning the name Gerry McNamara, but Saturday was one of those nights. The Orange defeated Texas Christian University 80-64 at the Dome. Syracuse was led by the perimeter shooting of Demetris Nichols and Eric Devendorf. The two combined to go 11-for-19 from beyond the arc.

Nichols shined in the first half, hitting six three-pointers and scoring 21 points. Coach Jim Boeheim said he is confident in his junior's shooting ability.

 

"He can shoot it anywhere out there," Boeheim said. "If it's within two, three feet of the line he can shoot the ball. If he's shooting it well, both he and Gerry can shoot it anywhere out there. Range is not an issue."

 

Nichols came into the game as Syracuse's second leading scorer behind McNamara. That is no longer the case. The junior edged McNamara Saturday to take over as Syracuse's leading scorer at 15.5 points per game. Nichols said his success is a product of lots of hard work.

 

"I've been working on my game before and after practice, and I guess all that hard work is paying off," Nichols said. "I feel like I can't miss sometimes."

 

It seemed like Devendorf couldn't miss in the second half either. He picked up where Nichols left off in the first. The freshman hit four of his five three-point field goals in the period. Only a missed free-throw kept Devendorf one point shy of the first twenty-point game of his career.

 

Boeheim said Devendorf looked "lost" in Syracuse's Wednesday night victory over Manhattan. This game was a different story.

 

 "I thought he was more confident tonight," Boeheim said. "He shot the ball well all game really."

 

McNamara had one of his rare nights without a three-pointer. He went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc, but did score 11 points and dish out 10 assists. McNamara said he doesn't care who makes the shots.

 

"I'd rather have 10 assists like I did tonight than 10 points anytime," McNamara said. "I'll take a bad night shooting as long as we get the (win)."

 

However, when McNamara was asked if he still has the best range on the team, he was quick to remind everyone it was only one game.

 

"Don't even ask me that," McNamara laughed. "There's no question who has more range. (Demetris) can hang, and Eric can hang too, but when I take it back a step it's over."


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