Syracuse edges Notre Dame 84-82 for yet another ACC road win

Chase for the Championship

Syracuse’s Joseph Girard III (11) competes for a loose ball with Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Elijah Hughes scored 26 points and Syracuse continued to be at its best on the road with an 84-82 comeback victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

The Orange (12-7, 5-3) improved to 4-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference road play and won their fourth straight game overall.

The Fighting Irish (11-7, 2-5) remained winless in three ACC home games.

John Mooney scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. His 12th consecutive double-double breaks an 11-year-old Notre Dame record held by Luke Harangody.

The Irish, though, lost despite erasing a 13-point second-half deficit. They trailed 64-51 with 13 minutes, 47 seconds remaining, then took a one-point lead — 69-68 — with six minutes remaining.

The Orange won after trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half.

Joseph Girard III scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Syracuse. Bourama Sidibe added 12 points on 6 of 6 from the field and Buddy Boeheim scored 10.

Dane Goodwin scored 15 points off the bench for the Irish. T.J. Gibbs added 13 and Nate Laszewski 11.

Syracuse won after losing 88-87 at home to Notre Dame 19 days earlier.

Much like that first meeting, the rematch featured a blistering back-and-forth pace. There were 16 lead changes this time after 18 in the previous matchup.



The ACC has an unusually low three ranked teams right now — No. 5 Florida State, No. 6 Louisville and No. 8 Duke — but the surging Orange still have plenty of opportunities to make hay with the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Syracuse still plays all three ranked teams, with only the Blue Devils at home.

Notre Dame: The Irish, far more in scramble mode now than Syracuse, have three matchups left against top-10 clubs as well, including two against Florida State to go with a trip to Duke. Notre Dame still has the chance to turn committee heads, too.


Syracuse: The Orange host Pittsburgh on Saturday in the first of two regular-season meetings with the Panthers.

Notre Dame: The Irish visit No. 5 Florida State on Saturday before following with a season-high three-straight league home games.

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