Syracuse youngsters lead comeback win over Notre Dame veterans

Once again, Notre Dame’s mantra of getting and staying old didn’t pay off. In fact, it might have served as a detriment this time. The Irish had Syracuse on the ropes, but Jim Boeheim switched things up, and it changed the game’s momentum. Now, the Irish are left to wonder what could have been after a 78-73 loss.

Thanks largely to a season-high 15 3-pointers, the Irish (9-9, 1-6) led by as much as 12 in the second half. It was then that the Orange (12-6, 5-2) went to a full-court press, and that took the Irish out of their rhythm. In a stretch paced by a four-freshman lineup, the Orange made one timely shot after another while the Irish saw their hot shooting go cold and weren’t able to shake off the Orange’s defense. That big lead shrank until it finally disappeared.

Marcus Hammond answered freshman Chris Bell’s go-ahead 3 with one of his own, but that was the last good thing to happen to the Irish. Judah Mintz tied the game at 71 on the Orange’s next possession, which was followed by the last media timeout. When action resumed, the Irish couldn’t inbound the ball cleanly, and the Orange made enough free throws from there to seal the victory. The Irish had opportunities to counter those free throws, but they couldn’t recapture their earlier good shooting from beyond the arc.

Bell set a career-high with 17 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Maliq Brown, another freshman, came off the bench and also hit a career scoring high with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Mintz scored 14, including eight free throws, and dished out a game-high eight assists. Jesse Edwards had a typical game of 13 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

Hammond was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. Dane Goodwin was well-rounded with 15 points, six assists and two steals. Nate Laszewski had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Trey Wertz’s line included 12 points, seven boards and four dimes.

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