2004-2005 Syracuse Orange
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Coach: Jim Boeheim

Player Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% 3PT 3PA 3P% Ast Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts Ppg Apg Rpg
Gerry McNamara Jr G 34 34 1209 160 433 37.0% 111 127 87.4% 107 315 34.0% 168 79 65 14 62 1 99 63 2 538 15.8 4.9 2.3
Louie McCroskey So G 34 16 675 75 192 39.1% 20 40 50.0% 19 65 29.2% 41 99 62 37 46 1 40 28 1 189 5.6 1.2 2.9
Josh Pace Sr G/F 34 34 1133 169 296 57.1% 30 54 55.6% 0 3 0.0% 128 170 106 64 53 0 67 51 15 368 10.8 3.8 5.0
Hakim Warrick Sr F 34 34 1275 253 462 54.8% 211 310 68.1% 9 31 29.0% 50 294 188 106 79 0 86 33 27 726 21.4 1.5 8.7
Craig Forth Sr C 34 34 662 64 117 54.7% 30 49 61.2% 0 0
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18 174 109 65 75 4 23 22 36 158 4.7 0.5 5.1
Terrence Roberts So F 33 7 610 95 167 56.9% 46 83 55.4% 2 7 28.6% 20 130 69 61 99 6 46 36 28 238 7.2 0.6 3.9
Demetris Nichols So F 27 8 349 39 103 37.9% 13 18 72.2% 15 60 25.0% 13 57 45 12 32 0 25 11 8 106 3.9 0.5 2.1
Darryl Watkins So C 26 0 364 41 67 61.2% 13 26 50.0% 0 0
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11 87 57 30 55 1 15 6 37 95 3.7 0.4 3.4
Billy Edelin Jr G 20 3 313 34 67 50.8% 12 19 63.2% 0 1 0.0% 35 25 17 8 16 0 27 16 1 80 4.0 1.8 1.3
Josh Wright Fr G 19 0 161 9 34 26.5% 4 8 50.0% 4 16 25.0% 33 12 11 1 13 0 18 8 0 26 1.4 1.7 0.6
Dayshawn Wright Fr F 10 0 57 3 9 33.3% 7 10 70.0% 0 0
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6 13 8 5 4 0 5 0 2 13 1.3 0.6 1.3
Xzavier Gaines Jr G 5 0 14 0 2 0.0% 0 0
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0 1 0.0% 1 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 0.8
Ross DiLiegro So F 5 0 7 1 1 100.0% 0 0
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0 0
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0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 0.4 0.0 0.2
Todd Burach So F 5 0 7 2 3 66.7% 3 6 50.0% 0 0
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0 4 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 1.4 0.0 0.8
Josh Brooks Gr G 5 0 7 1 3 33.3% 0 0
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0 0
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0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0.4 0.0 0.0
Logan Gabriel Fr G 5 0 7 0 0
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0 0
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0 0
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1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.0 0.2 0.0

It was a season that started out with very high expectations, with Syracuse ranked #6 in the country. Hakim Warrick had foregone the opportunity to go to the NBA early. The Orange (the school nickname was formally changed from Orangemen over the summer) were returning five starters from the previous season, and five of the top seven players who had won the 2003 National Championship.

The season started out well with the Orange winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic down at Madison Square Garden. The enigmatic Billy Edelin rejoined the team after the first semester, and Darryl Watkins returned after a few weeks because of a broken thumb.

And yet, concerns were starting to arise around the team, as it was becoming quite evident that it was a two man show, the GMac & Hak Attack. Other than Gerry McNamara and Warrick, there was no third scoring option emerging. With these two starts, the team started off 20-1; it was just a question of what would happen if either one (or both) had an off night.

Edelin once again started having off the court problems, and after February 19th, his season was unofficially done (he would not play again that year). The Orange started struggling on offense, McNamara went into a shooting slump, and the team would go 4-5 over its last 9 regular season games.

Warrick started to put the team on his back, and led them to impressive victories over St. Johns and Providence. In the Big East tournament Warrick led the Orange to their first Big East Title since 1992, including an impressive win over Connecticut in the semifinals and upstart West Virginia in the finals. Warrick earned tournament MVP, and was also named Big East Player of the Year.

The Orange were finally on a roll, and expectations were again high as the team entered the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately in the first game the team put together its worse effort of the season with 24 turnovers (10 by Warrick), and a horrendous shooting effort by McNamara (4-18). The lack of the third scoring threat, a concern all year, came back to hurt the Orange as they lost in overtime to underdog Vermont 60-57, to exit the tournament in the first round. Though it had only a small impact on the game, three members of the team had been suspended prior to the game for undisclosed reasons (Edelin, Josh Wright, Dayshawn Wright).

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