Syracuse 63, Notre Dame 47By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Feb 4, 2013 9:20 PM EST
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman forward Jerami Grant scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, and junior forward C.J Fair added 18 points as No. 9 Syracuse pushed aside No. 25 Notre Dame 63-47 Monday in the Carrier Dome. Jerami Grant's older brother, junior guard Jerian Grant, scored a team-high 15 points for the Fighting Irish (18-5, 6-4 Big East). Syracuse (19-3, 7-2) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Orange earned its 36th consecutive win in the Dome, the longest active home winning streak in Division I. Notre Dame was held to fewer than 50 points for the first time this season. Syracuse salted the game away with a 9-0 run early in the second. Fair sank a bucket to push Syracuse ahead 36-28, and with 12:53 left, Orange forward Rakeem Christmas dunked after a rebound. Syracuse's Trevor Cooney then bounced in a 3-pointer, and Christmas again tallied from down low to push the margin to 43-28. The Irish, the Big East's best 3-point shooting team at 39 percent, was held to 30 percent (6-of-20) from that range, putting a crimp in the team's comeback attempts. Grant capped his 10-point first half with a driving layup at the horn that gave Syracuse a 30-24 edge at intermission. That countered a dunk by the Irish's Pat Connaughton that had pulled Notre Dame to 28-24. The Orange nursed a 16-15 lead before creating some breathing room with an 8-2 run. Grant dropped in a layup off a fast break, but and Connaughton answered with a layup. C.J. Fair drilled a foul shot for Syracuse and then sent the Orange ahead 21-17 with a rebound dunk off a miss by Trevor Cooney. Brandon Triche rolled in a layup, was fouled and sank his free throw to pad the Syracuse cushion to 24-17 with 3:25 left in the half. NOTES: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is tied with former St. John's coach Lou Carneseca for fourth place on the Big East's career wins list at 139. Brey is one of 10 coaches in league history with 100 conference wins. ... Notre Dame's senior class needs eight victories to become the program's winningest class. The class of 2011 compiled 96 victories. ... Syracuse holds a 25-19 edge in its series with Notre Dame, but the Irish won last year's game in South Bend, 68-57. The Orange played that game without center Fab Melo, who was academically ineligible. On Monday night, Syracuse played without another big man, center DaJuan Coleman, who is out about a month after undergoing left knee surgery. Orange forward James Southerland also sat out, missing his fifth game in a row because of an eligibility issue.
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