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McKee Scores 31 in Loss to Syracuse

December 22, 2008
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Andy Rautins equaled a school record with nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 17 Syracuse to an 82-71 victory over Coppin State on Monday night in the Carrier Dome offsetting another brilliant performance from Eagle senior Tywain McKee.
It was the final non-conference game for the Orange (12-1), who begin Big East play at home next week against Seton Hall. Coppin State (1-8) lost its eighth straight road game after opening the season with a victory over Wilmington on a neutral floor.
Rautins, starting for the second straight game in place of suspended guard Eric Devendorf, tied Gerry McNamara's school record, set against BYU in the NCAA tournament in 2004. Rautins entered the game with 24 3-pointers this season.
McKee hit five 3's and scored a season-high 31 points for the Eagles. He finished the game 12-of-24 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in posting a career-high in points versus a ranked team. He also added nine rebounds, five assists and six steals.
Jordan Lee had 12 points and Lenny Young 10 for the Eagles.
All five Syracuse starters reached double figures in scoring led by Rautins. Paul Harris had 15, Arinze Onuaku had 12 and Rick Jackson and Jonny Flynn each scored 10 for the Orange.
Syracuse shot 54.5 percent from the floor, while limiting Coppin State to 36.1 percent shooting.
Rautins helped the Orange pull away from Coppin State with a late run.
After a pair of free throws by Young cut the Syracuse lead to 61-57 with 8:33 to play in the game the Orange answered with an 15-0 run. Rautins assisted Harris on a layup and then connected on three straight three-pointers helping increase the Orange lead to 76-59 with 3:59 remaining.
Rautins started the game with a three-point basket and Syracuse jumped out to an early 8-2 lead.
A three-pointer by Lee and a basket by McKee helped the Eagles cut the lead to 11-7 with 16:35 to play in the half.
Syracuse answered with an 8-2 run increasing the lead to 21-11 with 12:49 left in the first half.
Another three-pointer by Rautins gave the Orange a 26-17 lead at the 9:37 mark of the half.
Coppin State rallied with a 9-2 run capped by a layup by McKee that brought the Eagles to within 28-26 with 6:16 left in the period.
Rautins then scored eight points during a 9-0 run, which saw Syracuse stretch the lead back to 37-26.
McKee answered with back-to-back three-point baskets and Ceslovas Kucinskas hit a layup capping an 8-2 run bringing CSU to within 39-34.
Harris converted a conventional three-point play just before the halftime buzzer giving Syracuse a 46-34 lead at the break.
Trailing 51-38, McKee and Lee combined to bring the Eagles back.
McKee hit a pair of three-pointers and Lee also connected from deep during a 9-2 run that cut the Orange lead to 53-47 with 14:49 to play.
McKee later scored five points during a 7-0 run that brought Coppin State to within 61-57 with 8:33 to play in the game.
Coppin State will return to action on Dec. 28 versus Colorado in the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii.

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