Orangemen hold off Eagles

It was a game of two teams headed in opposite directions. <br><Br> Three Orangemen scored in the 20s, Saturday, as Syracuse rolled past Boston College, 82-74. For Syracuse (10-1, 2-0 Big East), it was their 10th straight win, while the Eagles (6-6, 0-2) dropped their fourth straight.

Carmelo Anthony and Hakim Warrick each dropped 24 points and the two combined with 25 rebounds. Gerry McNamara chipped in 20 points.

The Eagles were led by Troy Bell's 29 points while Craig Smith had 26 points and 10 boards.

The Orangemen were foul plagued with three players finishing with four fouls. Center Craig Forth fouled out, while senior Kueth Duany scored just one point, days after he scored 20 points against Seton Hall.

The Eagles trailed for most of the way, finding themselves in a 40-32 deficit at the half. But BC went on a 14-2 run to start the second half, tying the game at 48 apiece. The run was keyed by a technical foul on Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

Bell nailed both free throws and Smith converted a three point play to rally the Eagles to 46-43 with 15:47 remaining. Bell nailed a three pointer and the Eagles cashed in on a fast break to give BC its first lead since early in the first half.

But even though the Eagles rallied on a technical foul, that's exactly what they gave the game away with. Andrew Bryant was the culprit, and McNamara hit both free throws, following by Anthony connecting on a pair.

Warrick then had a three point play, putting the Orangemen up one with just over nine minutes to go. Anthony would score seven more points in the final minutes to put the game away.

The Orangemen seemed to be on cruise control in the opening minutes, using a 13-0 run to take a 17-4 lead. But the Eagles closed to within eight points after Smith dunked a shot and Bell nailed a three.

An AP report was used in this recap.

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