Originally created 12/23/99

Syracuse dumps La Salle



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Ryan Blackwell had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Jason Hart added 19 points as Syracuse beat La Salle, 68-52.

Syracuse (8-0), which has yet to play a road game this season, never trailed. The Orangemen scored the last nine points of the first half, then built on it in the second as La Salle (9-2) finally seemed to wear down a little without senior guard Donnie Carr and starting center Garrett Bragg.

Carr, who leads the team in scoring with 20.3 points per game, missed his second straight game because of pneumonia and Bragg was out with a fractured foot.

La Salle didn't make its first substitution until Mike Pidhirsky replaced James Jordan with 11:42 remaining in the game -- after Hart's four-point play had given Syracuse a 45-30 lead.

The Explorers got no closer than 10 the rest of the game.

Rasual Butler led the Explorers with 25 points and had 10 rebounds. Victor Thomas had 17 and 13 rebounds.

Etan Thomas returned to the Syracuse lineup after sitting out two games with a sprained ankle and had 14 points and seven rebounds and Tony Bland finished with 13 points.