February 6, 2007

Devendorf downplays starting

Since being replaced in the starting lineup by guard Andy Rautins, Eric Devendorf has insisted that starting the game is not something that concerns him. His past two performances against DePaul and UConn would suggest otherwise.

The Carrier Dome exploded with excitement when the sophomore guard from Bay City, Michigan was announced as the fifth starter for the first time in the last 13 games last Saturday. Devendorf then used the excitement as motivation and had one of the best games of his Syracuse career.

Only 15 seconds into the game Devendorf nailed his first shot, a three pointer to give the Orange an early lead, and he never looked back. He would hit four more threes in the first half, shooting five for seven from behind the arc and scoring 17 first half points to put the Orange out to a 44-28 lead.

Devendorf would add 10 more points in the second half for a career-high 27 points that led all scorers in the Orange's 75-69 victory. The game marked a complete turnaround for Devendorf, who struggled in the Orange's loss to the Fighting Irish.

"Against Notre Dame I was kind of out of it," Devendorf said of his 0 for 11 performance against Notre Dame.

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