Gerry McNamara scored a season-high 25 points as the Orangemen struck quickly and early to hand Georgia Tech a huge 92-65 loss on Saturday.
McNamara, who hails from Scanton, Pa., is announced as the "pride of Scanton", during the announcement of the starting lineups. The guard made good of the moniker, also dishing out a season-high 10 assists.
"When I get hot is when I play my best," McNamara said to the Post-Standard. "I'll do anything to get myself motivated. You hit a shot, you yell, you scream, you get the guys fired up."
Carmelo Anthony added 24 and 11 rebounds as Syracuse nailed 10 3-pointers in the first half to improve its record to 6-1. The Yellow Jackets, whose previous losses came by a single point, dropped to 5-3.
"I just try to be active - defensively and offensively - just being on the glass," Anthony told the Associated Press. "That's what got me going."
Kueth Duany chipped in 16 points and Hakim Warrick hauled down 11 rebounds while netting 10 points as the Orangemen passed a huge test against an opponent who could've easily been undefeated.
The Yellow Jackets, who had lost to then-No. 20 Minnesota, 64-63, had also dropped a 70-69 contest against Tennessee on a Hail Mary from Jon Higgins with a half-second left.
B.J. Elder paced Georgia Tech with 14 points while freshman Chris Bosh put together 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Jackets grabbed an early 6-0 lead in the opening minute of the game before opening up an 11-4 lead at 15:53 in the first half. Concern grew among the Carrier Dome crowd as angst built on the Syracuse sideline.
But McNamara and Warrick powered Syracuse on a 17-0 run over a five minute span that gave Syracuse all the steam it would need to cruise for the afternoon.
The run finally ended with Jeremy McNeil goaltended at 10:26.
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