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Syracuse owns Notre Dame in 2008-2009. The simple fact of the matter is that Notre Dame, ranked #12/13 in the nation, is a good team with one of the best players and one of the best shooters in the Big East. And Syracuse just took them to the woodshed. Syracuse snaps a three game losing streak to Notre Dame by a big win at home 93 to 74.

Syracuse’s leading scorer was the big man down low Arinze Onuaku. Everyone knew after a sup-par performance at Georgetown, as well as having Luke Harangody in the building, he had to have a big game and he delivered. He finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. He even managed to go coast to coast, dribbling the whole way while his face said “OH SHIT” the whole time. His defense was also excellent, making Harangody settle for fade away jump shots instead of easy buckets around the hoop.

Rick Jackson also decided to show up to the big game as well. He got 14 points, ten rebounds, and three huge blocks. He played inspired and guarded Harangody tough while Onuaku was on the bench. He also had his jump hook and a nice touch off the glass working. He earned his second career double-double.

Jonny Flynn finished with 17 points, including hitting some ridiculously high arching three pointers. He also had nine assists in a game that you could tell he was fired up to play in. He had three turnovers and drove on the baseline looking for a kick back a few too many times because of the size of Notre Dame, but he played a great game overall and is clearly still a blast to watch.

Paul Harris had 15 points, ten rebounds, and five assists. He played well overall, including hitting a three pointer unchallenged from the corner. Harris did however settle for a poor jump shot six feet from the basket when he had a clear lane to the basket. Not sure why he made such a choice, but what not. He also received a technical for pulling up on the rim, even though Kyle McAlarney was under him. Ridiculous.

Andy Rautins had ten points off a four for eight shooting night. Two of those field goals were three pointers, but really his services were not needed as much as usual in this game because the inside game was working perfectly. He did have three excellent steals with active defense and he looked good out on the floor.

Eric Devendorf had 16 points off the bench, as well as three assists and three rebounds. He took several long range two point baskets that were from the top of the key with his toes on the line. His shooting was a nice lift when the team was not scoring inside, and he is again a much needed asset off the bench.

Mike Brey needs to wear a shirt and tie like every other coach in a suit. Turtle necks are for mothers and people of questionable sexual orientation.

Syracuse shot extremely well from the floor. They hit 37-67 (55.2%) from the floor and 7-20 (35%) from long range. They were dreadful from the free throw line as per usual though, making only 12 of 20 (60%). Syracuse held Notre Dame to shooting 27-76 (35.5%) and specifically Luke Harangody to 9-28 (32.1%). This was solid defense for a lackluster squad that went down to DC.

It is hard to nit pick this game as it was quite awesome to watch. Syracuse basically erased their bad performance in Washington by defending their home court. They then have to travel to Pittsburgh to take on the #4 Pitt Panthers. Meanwhile, for a couple days, they can enjoy this.

However, in the meanwhile, enjoy this picture captured off the DVR of a famous blogger and radio host for dropping some info about me during the DePaul game. Haha.

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2 Responses to “Notre Dame - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Boom Goes The Harangody”

  1. # Anonymous Axeman

    What can I say, I was thinking about that Dome Dog I was going to get at halftime  

  2. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    Man a Hoffman sounds delicious right now. I can't get the good stuff in Massachusetts.  

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