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Syracuse mauls Mizzou, 82-68

January 13, 2004

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— Syracuse's first trip outside New York was a big success.

Hakim Warrick had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Orangemen pulled away in the second half to beat Missouri, 82-68, Monday night for their 12th straight victory.

Coach Jim Boeheim won his 665th career game, pulling ahead of John Wooden for 19th on the career Division One victory list. He's 665-227 in 28 seasons at Syracuse.

The Orangemen (12-1) are unbeaten since losing their opener to Charlotte. This was their first true road game, and they were impressive against a team ranked as high as third earlier in the season.

Syracuse arrived Saturday in Columbia after beating Boston College earlier that day. A sold-out Hearnes Center did not rattle the visitors.

"We were intense from the beginning," said center Craig Forth, who scored a career-high 18 points. "I think we really fed off the crowd."

Five players contributed to a 16-2 run that put the game away in the second half, turning a three-point lead into a 59-42 edge with 11:13 to go. Warrick capped the run with his third dunk.

MU (6-6) was frustrated throughout by Syracuse's 2-3 zone.

"This is the best our zone has been all year," Boeheim said. "We knew we would have to get it going pretty soon and tonight it was the difference."

The Tigers, who got a season-best 25 points from Rickey Paulding, have lost five of seven after starting the season 3-1.

"We've got guys who are competing at various times, but collectively we have letdowns," coach Quin Snyder said. "And good teams expose those letdowns, whether it's forgetting to block a guy out or not rotating to the shooter."

Syracuse made 17 consecutive free throws at one point and finished 24-for-30. Warrick was 7-for-8, Gerry McNamara 6-for-7 and both Forth and Billy Edelin were 4-for-4.

McNamara had 17 points, including three three-pointers, and Josh Pace added 15 for Syracuse.

Iowa State 89,

Northern Colorado 63

Ames, Iowa -- Jared Homan and Jackson Vroman each scored 16 and Homan added 14 rebounds and five blocks, leading Iowa State over Northern Colorado.

Iowa State (10-2) withstood some early torrid shooting by Northern Colorado (3-14) and finally broke the game open with a 15-2 run in the second half.

Northern Colorado's Michael Frazier made his first six three-point shots and finished 7-for-12 from beyond the arc to lead the Bears with 25 points. Northern Colorado bolted to a 23-10 lead.

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