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Unbeaten Orange top Notre Dame

By SU ATHLETICS

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – An 19-5 second half run by the Orange helped 5/5 Syracuse (15-0) top 15/15 Notre Dame (12-2), 70-58 to remain unbeaten this season, including a perfect 2-0 BIG EAST record. The Orange has started three seasons 15-0 during head coach Jim Boeheim’s tenure.

The second half was a game of runs for both teams that ended in SU’s favor. The Irish scored seven unanswered points to start the second half and took a 40-34 lead less than two minutes into the half. The Orange responded with a 19-5 run that put the game out of reach for Notre Dame.

The run started with nine unanswered points which produced the largest lead of the game by either team, 52-44, with 11:06 remaining in regulation. Five of those points came off of fast breaks as a result of two SU steals.

Notre Dame’s Tim Abromaitis stopped the run with a three pointer, but the Orange scored 10 consecutive points to increase its lead to 16, 63-47, with 6:48 to play. The Irish would not go away and score seven straight points to cut SU’s lead to nine, 63-54 with 4:42 on the clock.

The Orange outscored the Irish 7-4 in the last four minutes of play to seal the win. 

Both teams got a slow start on the offensive end of the floor and Kris Joseph netted SU’s first basket at the 15:54 mark to tie the game 4-4. Notre Dame led by as much as six, 10-4, but the Orange narrowed the gap and two free throws by Rick Jackson gave Syracuse its first lead of the game, 13-12. 

The first half featured 13 lead changes and the game was tied on seven occasions. Syracuse took its largest lead of the half, 26-23, with 5:26 remaining, when freshman C.J. Fair tipped in a shot off the rim.

Joseph finished with 18 points and a season high eight rebounds to lead the Orange. Syracuse won the battle in the paint scoring 38 of its points around the rim compared to Notre Dame’s 20 points. Jackson netted 12 points and had two blocks. SU converted 15 Irish turnovers into 28 fast break points and held Notre Dame to just 11.

Junior Scoop Jardine scored 11 points in the second half to finish with 15, while sophomore James Southerland added 12 off the bench.

Notre Dame, led by head coach Mike Brey, was paced by Ambromaits’ 15 points and seven rebounds.

Syracuse will take to the road for its next BIG EAST matchup when it travels to South Orange, N.J. to face Seton Hall on Jan. 8 at 12 p.m. Syracuse fans can catch the Orange against the Pirates on the BIG EAST Network.

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