Irish cruise past Orange
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Luke Harangody posted 21 points and 13
rebounds, as No. 21 Notre Dame used red-hot shooting from behind the arc to
down Syracuse, 103-91, at the Carrier Dome.
Notre Dame hit 10 of its 17 three-point attempts in the opening half en route
to a 61-42 lead. Things cooled considerably in the second half, with the road
team going just 1-for-6 from long distance, but the damage was already done.
Tory Jackson dropped in 19 points and Russell Carter went 4-for-7 from three-
point range for 18 points for the Fighting Irish (18-4, 6-3 Big East), who won
for the first time on the road all season (1-3). Colin Falls had 16 points,
and Zach Hillesland had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Demitris Nichols netted a game-high 29 points and Terrence Roberts added 20
points for Syracuse (15-7, 4-4), which has dropped three straight. Paul Harris
and Josh Wright donated 12 points apiece in a losing effort.
Notre Dame used a 13-2 run in the early stages of the contest to establish
command. Carter nailed a pair of three-pointers in the run, including one with
13:38 remaining in the opening half that pushed the Irish advantage to 22-13.
Syracuse responded with a 9-0 burst moments later to move back within two, but
Notre Dame was just too hot from the field. Just past the midway point in the
opening stanza, the Irish rattled off 11 in a row to establish a 41-28 edge.
Jonathan Peoples, Ryan Ayers and Falls all connected from behind the arc to
lead the charge.
After 20 minutes of play, Notre Dame built its lead to 19 points.
The Orange never seriously threatened in the second half.
Syracuse still leads the all-time series, 21-15…Syracuse outdueled the Irish
in the paint by a 42-28 margin…Harris also had 11 rebounds…Notre Dame’s
lead got as high as 28.