No. 15 Syracuse 83, St. John’s 69
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)—Hakim Warrick is in the final weeks of his career at Syracuse, and he didn’t like how it was ending.
Warrick emerged from a slight slump Wednesday night to score a career-high 35 points and No. 15 Syracuse broke a two-game losing streak with an 83-69 victory over St. John’s.
The senior was coming off two subpar games in which he scored a season-low 12 points in each—losses to No. 3 Boston College and No. 18 Pittsburgh.
“I wanted to have a big night because these are my last two games here at the Dome. I definitely wanted to go out with two big games,” said Warrick, whose last home game will be Saturday against Providence.
“I felt comfortable out there. My teammates got me the ball in good situations, and all I really had to do was go and finish.”
Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara sat out the final 12 1/2 minutes after turning his ankle. Orange coach Jim Boeheim said he would be evaluated at practice on Thursday.
It was the 20th consecutive road loss for St. John’s (9-15, 3-11 Big East), which got a career-high 33 points from sophomore guard Daryll Hill. His previous best was 30 earlier this year against Notre Dame.
St. John’s has not won on the road since a 72-61 victory at Stony Brook on Nov. 29, 2003.
Warrick scored 14 points in the first half to help Syracuse (23-5, 10-4) build a double-digit lead, and then sparked another Orange rally in the second half when St. John’s used a barrage of 3-pointers to trim an 18-point deficit to five 2 minutes into the second half.
Warrick was 15-of-19 at the free throw line and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. His 35 points eclipsed the 32 he scored two weeks ago against Villanova.
“This was Hak’s game. We need him to come up big for us to be successful,” said Boeheim, who earned career victory No. 699.
Josh Pace added 12 points for Syracuse, which had lost four of six.
Hill made seven 3-pointers as St. John’s went 12-of-24 from behind the arc to keep the game close.
Trailing 38-20 with 2 1/2 minutes to play in the first half, St. John’s hit seven straight 3s to make it 51-44 with 14:39 to play. Hill hit four of those long-range shots as St. John’s scored the first eight points of the second half to make it 43-38.
“We didn’t find Hill enough tonight. He made some difficult shots,” Boeheim said. “We had to be very good offensively. We just outscored them. We couldn’t stop Hill.”
After a timeout, Syracuse regained control of the game with an 18-6 run, as Warrick accounted for half of his team’s points during the spurt.
“I don’t think they shot from further than 10 feet after that,” St. John’s coach Norm Roberts said. “They just pounded it inside. We didn’t have an answer. They just kept attacking. We don’t have much depth there, and they were able to dominate us.”
The Orange scored 52 points in the paint.
Eugene Lawrence added 12 points for St. John’s.
Syracuse hit its first eight shots en route to a 25-10 lead.
Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara sat out the final 12 1/2 minutes after turning his ankle. Boeheim said he would be evaluated at practice on Thursday.