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Syracuse had a two game losing streak to break and a home court to defend. The Big East is always tough. This isn't new. So when you start losing games in a row in the league it can easily turn into a big losing streak. See Pittsburgh and Villanova last year, or DePaul every year. And with the added storyline of Grant v. Grant this was an interesting game for both teams to be in. But Syracuse came to play and their defense was excellent in the final Big East Big Monday in Syracuse. The Orange beat Notre Dame 63 to 47.
  • Once again CJ Fair led all scorers with 18 points. He also earned a double-double with ten rebounds. He was 5-10 from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line. Again, he had a great game and is the most dependable player on offense.
  • Jereami Grant earned a career high 14 points on 6-8 shooting in 40 minutes of work. He also pulled down six rebounds and had one ridiculous block on ND's Jack Cooley to cap off his game.
  • Rakeem Christmas also had a nice break out game. He had 12 points on 6-9 shooting in the kind of performance Syracuse has needed the past two games. He also had five rebounds and four blocks.
  • MCW earned five points, making one of three attempted baskets. Because he didn't attempt as many shots he assisted on eight and only committed one turnover. He finally didn't force any ridiculous shots and he didn't have any mindboggling turnovers in this one. A very solid game for MCW.
  • Brandon Triche had the worst game of the starters only earning seven points, shooting 2-9 from the floor and 0-5 from behind the arc. He did have six assists and five rebounds however.
  • Trevor Cooney earned six points, going 2-6 from the floor and 2-5 from behind the arc. Just a standard game from Cooney, hitting a couple shots and that's it. He also played good defense for most of his time on the floor, only really getting beat once.
  • Baye Moussa Keita played four minutes and earned one point on a made free throw. He has yet to dominate a game this season, or even show a flash of offensive brilliance.
  • Syracuse shot 48.9% from the floor, far better than their previous two games. Dome sweet Dome. They also held the best shooting team in the Big East to just 34.6% from the floor. Syracuse shot 4-15 (26.7%) from behind the arc, but it would look better if you remove the five misses from Triche. Notre Dame shot 6-20 (30%) from behind the arc.
  • Syracuse caused 11 turnovers in Notre Dame, a team that averages a low nine a game. Syracuse had nine themselves.
  • Notre Dame only made 5-10 free throws. Syracuse did better, making 15-17 (88.2%), taking advantage of the charity stripe like they have most of the season, save for those Villanova and Temple losses.
Syracuse now has a long week off until Sunday night when St. John's comes into the Carrier Dome. As long as Syracuse plays at home I think they have a chance to keep this good offense going. Heading back on the road after could cause another stumble for this team. Also interesting to see if the Southerland situation stays the same as there is reportedly a hearing on the matter at Syracuse either Thursday or Friday. Not sure if we'll see him back on Sunday but it is something that we'll be keeping an eye on here at Orange::44.

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