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No. 20 Syracuse looks for fourth win in six days

Nov 15, 2006 - 5:12 PM Northeastern (0-0) at No. 20 Syracuse (3-0) 7:00 pm EST

SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) - In their first week of the young season, Syracuse is undergoing the type of scheduling most NBA teams face.

The 20th-ranked Orange look to win for the fourth time in six days Wednesday when they host Northeastern, which is playing its season opener.

After opening the round-robin Black Coaches Association Invitational with victories over St. Francis (NY) and Pennsylvania, Syracuse completed its three-game sweep with Sunday's 83-69 victory over Texas-El Paso.

Eric Devendorf scored a season-high 19 points and Matt Gorman and Demetris Nichols added 12 each for the Orange, who had six players in double figures for the first time since December 30, 2000, against Niagara.

Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim can win his 730th game to move pass Jerry Tarkanian into 15th place on the all-time Division I list.

Coming off last season's 19-11 mark, including a 12-6 record in the Colonial Athletic Conference, Northeastern begins a new era under coach Bill Coen, who spent the last nine seasons as an assistant at Boston College.

Senior captain Bobby Kelly made 44 percent (40-of-91) of his 3-pointers and averaged 8.6 points last season. Also expected to play a substantial role for the Huskies is Bennet Davis, who averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Syracuse has won all four previous meetings against Northeastern, including a 94-74 triumph at the 1986 Carrier Classic.

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