Syracuse slams Notre Dame, shoots 41 percent from three en route to first ACC win
It's a new year, and what seemingly could be a whole new Syracuse University men's basketball team.
The Orange lit up the scoreboard on Saturday, shooting 41 percent from three-point range and 41 percent from the field en route to a 72-62 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind.
Syracuse got a trio of stellar performances, led by Elijah Hughes' game-high 22 points on 6-for-13 shooting from three.
Tyus Battle chipped in with 17 points, along with Oshae Rrissett recording 18 points.
Notre Dame jumped out on top first, leading by as many as 10 points in the first half.
But that's when the Orange went to work -- mounting a major comeback due in large part to sparks from Marek Dolezaj and Jalen Carey [off the bench].
However, the Irish took the halftime lead off a Nate Laszewski three-pointer in the final seconds, giving Notre Dame the 38-37 halftime lead.
In the second half, it began with a big Orange push, as Frank Howard knocked down a three to get the scoring started.
At that point, it almost seemed contagious. Syracuse collected a season-high 12 three-pointers on the day, and every time Notre Dame came within striking distance, the Orange had an answer down the stretch.
"The defense was a little better," Jim Boeheim explained during his post game press conference. "At the three-point line, I don't think we were aware of where their shooters were and how well they were shooting the ball. We had to play really well offensively in the first half just to get back in the game. Elijah [Hughes] and Oshae [Brissett] made some shots. Our defense got better. We were able to get a little separation at the end.
"We got into a little bit of foul trouble inside," Boeheim continued, "but we were able to overcome that. I think we've been playing better. We've been practicing better. But, again, I think Notre Dame really shot the ball well early."
Syracuse improves to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, as the Clemson Tigers visit the Carrier Dome next on Wednesday night for an 8 p.m. start.