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SU Charges Back To Down Notre Dame

Updated: Feb 22

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -

Facing a 20-point deficit with 17 minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse (13-6, 7-5 ACC) outscored Notre Dame (9-11, 6-8 ACC) 40-12 over the remainder of the contest to claim a 75-67 comeback victory in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

Syracuse has now won six of its last eight outings.

The 20-point deficit was the largest margin overcome in a victory since the Orange also battled back from being down by 20 to defeat Rutgers, 86-84, on January 24, 2005. It also equaled the biggest comeback by an ACC squad this season. Miami rallied from 20 points down versus Purdue earlier in the campaign.

A career-high 29 points from Buddy Boeheim boosted the Orange, with 20 of his points coming in the second half. Marek Dolezaj joined Boeheim in double figures, finishing the game with 18 points. Quincy Guerrier led Syracuse on the glass with 14 boards.

HOW THE GAME WAS DECIDED

The Orange initiated their biggest comeback of the past decade when they outscored the Irish 24-5 over an eight-minute stretch to bring the game within one. Boeheim buried his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 7:36 to play to put Syracuse on top, 62-60. The 'Cuse held the lead for the remainder of the contest.

FROM COACH BOEHEIM

"The whole difference in the game is when Quincy (Guerrier) gets physical and gets on the boards" said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. "He got on the boards, passed out for threes, and played unselfish basketball. We knocked down those threes and it made a huge difference."

IRISH UP EARLY

The teams traded baskets in the early going until seven unanswered points from the Fighting Irish gave Notre Dame a 17-9 lead with six minutes gone in the opening stanza.

The Irish extended their advantage past the 13-minute mark with a 15-4 scoring stretch over the course of five minutes that put the visitors up, 32-15, with 8:27 remaining in the half.

Syracuse scored 11 points to Notre Dame's seven over the ensuing four minutes to cut the deficit to 13, but the Fighting Irish edged the Orange 7-6 over the remainder of the half to take a 46-32 lead at the break.

ND HITS FROM THREE

After a Boeheim 3-pointer opened the scoring in the second period Dame responded quickly with nine unanswered points on a pair of triples from Nate Laszewski and another three-ball from Trey Wertz to claim a 55-35 lead with 16:49 to play.

SYRACUSE SOARS BACK

Facing a 20-point deficit, the Orange offense scored six unanswered points to trim the Irish advantage to 55-41. A Dane Goodwin triple pushed the margin back to 17, but Syracuse's full-court press held the Irish offense in check and contributed to a 23-2 scoring stretch over the course of six minutes. The run included 12 points from Boeheim and powered the Orange ahead, 64-60, with 6:53 to play.

The teams went over two minutes without scoring before Wertz converted a triple to put the Irish within one. However, a 7-0 Syracuse scoring run was capped by Boeheim's sixth 3-pointer of the game to extend the Orange lead to 71-63 with 2:15 remaining in the contest.

Syracuse converted all four of its free throw attempts down the stretch and limited the Irish to a pair of two-point makes of the remainder of the contest to finish off the comeback victory, 75-67.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

  • Syracuse converted all 11 of its free-throw attempts, the fourth time the Orange were perfect from the line in a game in which the team had at least 10 tries.

  • The Irish were led by Trey Wertz, who finished with 17 points. Nate Laszewski had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

  • After Notre Dame converted 54.5 percent of its opportunities from the field in the first half, the Orange defense limited the Irish to 32.0 percent shooting in the second half.

  • Buddy Boeheim's career-high 29 points are the most in a game by a Syracuse player this season and the most since Joseph Girard III scored 30 points at home against NC State last year. Boeheim also made a season-best six 3-pointers, just one shy of his career-high effort.

  • Syracuse outscored Notre Dame in second chance points, 16-5.

  • The Orange won the rebounding battle for the third-straight contest, beating the Irish in boards, 36-31.

  • Boeheim's six 3-pointers during the contest moved him past Todd Burgan (178) and Tyus Battle (179) for sole possession of ninth place on the program's leaderboard for career 3-point field goals made. His fourth 3-pointer gave him 180 career field goals over the course of 80 games, making him the second-fastest in program history to reach the mark behind only current Syracuse assistant coach, Gerry McNamara (64 games).

UP NEXT

Syracuse travels down to Durham on Monday, February 22 to take on Duke. Tip off from Cameron Indoor Stadium is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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