Home streak reaches 36 in SU win


SYRACUSE – In a BIG EAST Conference battle that featured brothers Jerami and Jerian Grant on opposite sides, #9/9 Syracuse (19-3, 7-2) emerged with the nation's longest home-court winning streak intact in a 63-47 victory against #25/rv Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) in the Carrier Dome.

The Orange victory was the program's 36th straight at home -- the best active home run in the Division I ranks.

"Obviously Notre Dame beat us last year out there and when you lose two in a row in this league you get nervous – everybody does -- so this was a really good bounce-back win for us," said SU coach Jim Boeheim.

C.J. Fair led the Orange with a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Grant posted a career-best 14 points in his second collegiate start.

Sophomore Rakeem Christmas also contributed double-digit scoring, tallying 12 points, and added four blocks.

Syracuse jumped out of the blocks with the game's first 10 points, a stretch keyed by Brandon Triche and Grant, who each had four points. The Irish responded in kind, tallying 11 unanswered points that featured back-to-back three-pointers from Eric Atkins.

The Irish only held the lead for 28 seconds, while the Orange regrouped and never trailed as redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney drained a three to lift SU ahead by three to break away from a knotted score at 13-13. Pushing ahead, Syracuse used a 5-0 run to extend the advantage to seven points at 24-17 with 3:25 left in the first period before concluding the half with a slam dunk from Grant. SU entered the locker room leading 30-24.

The Orange opened the second half on an 13-4 run, picking up its largest lead of the game, ahead by 15 points at 43-28 with 11:08 remaining in the final frame. From there, Notre Dame only shortened the advantage to nine after a short 6-0 spurt at 43-35.

Syracuse continued momentum though, as Grant, Fair and sophomore Michael Carter-Williams converted on all six shots from the free throw line to set the score at 60-44 before Grant and Fair added a pair of three-pointers to secure a 63-47 victory.

SU will return to action this Sunday, Feb. 10th, hosting St. John's at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The conference matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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