Syracuse, N.Y. When Hakim Warrick finally started making his spinning jumper for No. 12 Syracuse, it was over for Cornell.
Warrick had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Orangemen ran away from the Big Red in the second half Thursday night and won 76-58.
"I hit my first three or four shots. After that, I just kept on going and they just kept falling for me," said Warrick, who had been averaging just five points a game. "I've been working on the turnaround, post-up jumper a lot in practice. Everything is just starting to pay off now."
It was the 26th straight win for Syracuse (7-0) over the Big Red (0-4) and 80th overall since the series began 100 years ago with an 18-15 Cornell victory.
Ka'Ron Barnes led Cornell with 15 points, and Jake Rohe and Eric Taylor each had 10.
The Orangemen, just as they did in a 70-51 win Tuesday night over Colgate, broke open the game early in the second half as guard DeShaun Williams, the team's leading scorer, again watched from the bench. He has one game remaining on a three-game suspension for violating the school's code of conduct.
After A.J. Castro hit a 3-pointer to move Cornell within 36-30 at 17:23, Preston Shumpert converted two free throws to begin an eight-point spurt. Warrick, a freshman forward, then hit three straight baskets in the next 80 seconds to put the Orangemen ahead 44-30.
Alabama 90, McNeese St. 61
Tuscaloosa, Ala. Erwin Dudley scored 16 points and Adrian Johnson had 10 rebounds as No. 21 Alabama beat McNeese State. Dudley, who was 8-for-11, scored 10 points in the first half as Alabama (5-1) held McNeese State (1-3) to just 29.9 percent shooting. Alabama shot 51.5 percent and never trailed. Rod Grizzard had 13 points and Terrance Meade and Maurice Williams added 11 apiece.