SYRACUSE, N.Y. - In this case, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint hated being right.
Flint warned the Dragons before Wednesday night's game against Syracuse that they were going to get the Orange's best effort. They did - and then some.
No. 5 Syracuse shot 63.6 percent from the field, including 71.9 percent in the second half, and coasted to a 93-65 victory over the Dragons (8-2) before 17,856 fans at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse improved to 13-0 as it snapped Drexel's six-game winning streak.
The Dragons' 52-46 win over Big East member and then-No. 20 Louisville on Dec. 14 surely got Syracuse's attention, particularly since the Cardinals handed the Orange two of their five losses last season. And the last time Drexel visited the Carrier Dome, in December 2006, the Dragons dealt the Orange an 84-79 loss - a defeat that played a big part in Syracuse's NCAA tournament snub that spring.
"I knew the [Syracuse] coaches were going to remember the last time we were here," Flint said. "We beat a team in their league that was ranked last week. I said, 'You guys better come ready to play because we're going to get their best here,' and we really got their best here."
Philadelphia natives Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson, both products of Neumann-Goretti High, led the way for the Orange. Jardine scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and had five assists, while Jackson notched his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Jardine and Jackson reminded their teammates that they'd be going home for the holidays, and they didn't want to go home after a loss to a Philadelphia school.
"It always feels good to get the win, but this is especially good with the break coming up," Jackson said. "It's great to go home with some bragging rights."
Syracuse's Kris Joseph scored a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers. Gerald Colds paced Drexel with 16 points, while Chris Fouch added 14. The Dragons' Samme Givens fouled out with 4 minutes, 20 seconds remaining after scoring eight points on 2-of-10 shooting and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
The Orange outrebounded Drexel, 38-27, and outscored the Dragons by 16-0 on fastbreaks. Syracuse, after missing six of its first seven shots, sank 27 of its next 35, including 18 of its first 20 in the second half.
"I don't think we can play better offensively than that," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "Everybody was good on offense tonight."
"We were taking the right shots and making them," Jardine said. "It's good to get a win against a good Philly team because I know all of the coaches and most of the guys on that team."
The Dragons' next game will be against Niagara at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.