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Maine (3-3) at (8) Syracuse (7-0)



Saturday, December 5th, 7:00 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Ralph Lauro, Associate College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Carrier Dome (33,633) -- Syracuse, New York. Television: Time Warner. Home Record: Maine 0-1, Syracuse 5-0. Away Record: Maine 3-2, Syracuse 0-0. Neutral Record: Maine 0-0, Syracuse 2-0. Conference Record: Maine 0-0, Syracuse 0-0. Series Record: Syracuse leads, 3-0.

GAME NOTES: The eighth-ranked Syracuse Orange bring their four-game homestand to an end tonight, as they welcome the Maine Black Bears to the Carrier Dome for a non-conference clash.

The Orange entered the season unranked, but a pair of upsets over Cal and North Carolina propelled Jim Boeheim's club into the Top 25. After seven wins, Syracuse is now No.8 in the nation and on its way to another big campaign. Most recently, the Orange trounced Colgate, 92-58, on Monday, marking Syracuse's 44th straight victory over the Raiders. It also improved to the team to 5-0 at the Carrier Dome.

As for Maine, it too defeated Colgate in its last game, scoring a 76-66 victory on Thursday. The triumph put an end to a two-game slide and improved the squad to 3-3 overall. The Bears have played all but one of their games on the road thus far, going 3-2 on opposing courts.

The Bears and Orange have met just three times previously and Syracuse has won all three encounters, including an 85-65 win the last time the schools met in 1996.

Maine buried 47.7 percent of its attempts from the floor and 27-of-35 from three-point range, as it defeated Colgate on Thursday. The Bears also had the advantage from beyond the arc, where they went 7-of-16 compared to just 3- of-20 by Colgate. Terrance Mitchell connected on 6-of-8 three-point shots and led the way with 24 points off the bench. Sean McNally turned in 20 points and nine boards, while Gerald McLemore had 11 points in the win. McLemore is the team's leading scorer on the season at 14.0 ppg and he is dangerous from long distance, hitting on 40.0 percent of his opportunities. McNally is close to averaging a double-double with 13.8 ppg and a team-high 9.0 rpg, and Mitchell rounds out the double-digit scorers at 13.2 ppg.

Syracuse had its way with Colgate on Monday, shooting an efficient 57.4 percent from the floor and 11-of-27 from three-point distance in a 92-58 whipping. The Orange dominated the glass, 42-29, and also forced Colgate into 17 turnovers. Wes Johnson continues to shine and he paced the Orange with an all-around effort of 19 points, nine boards and five assists. The Iowa State transfer has made an immediate impact, as expected, in his first season with the Orange and Johnson leads the team in scoring (18.4 ppg) as well as rebounding (7.4 rpg) through seven outings. Arinze Onuaku, who is shooting 70.9 percent from the floor, is next with 12.3 ppg, while freshman Brandon Triche and Andy Rautins check in with 10.9 and 10.1 ppg, respectively.

The Orange are the clear choice here and they should dominate each end of the floor for another victory tonight.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Syracuse 82, Main 60

12/05 10:38:30 ET

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