The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit late in the second-half to squeak out a 78-73 win over an experienced Notre Dame squad.
Saturday night at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, NY led by young freshmen, the Cuse switched to a pressing defense to fluster the Irish’s dominant three point shooters. A three point shot at the 3:00 mark of the second-half gave Syracuse its first lead of the game.
The Irish were led by head coach Mike Brey in his 23rd season in South Bend and his team’s have always played SU tough. Meanwhile, the Cuse were led by Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim now in his 47th season behind the bench with over 1,000 career wins.
Saturday marked the 31st meeting between the two storied Big East/ACC rivals. Notre Dame was looking for their first road win of the season.
Syracuse 11-6 (4-2 in the ACC) took on a Notre Dame team 9-8 (1-5 in the ACC) loaded with experience in which it’s calling card has been a killer three-point shot. The Orange trailed 40-36 at halftime, despite Notre Dame shooting nine-three pointers in the 1st half.
Led by a fierce come back from the Cuse’s young team, they came back and squeaked out a win over a tough Irish squad.
Jessie Edwards was part of the comeback as he recorded his 8th double-double of the season and showed his senior leadership guiding the young freshmen on the floor.
“There was great energy,” he said. “Everyone did an amazing job”.
Edwards has been proud of the way this young team as matured since the beginning of the season and says the team has handled a roller coaster type of season.
“It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Every practice has been enjoyable.”
Freshman Maliq Brown had a career high 15 points and was a factor in helping the Orange slow down the Irish with the press. The 6’8″ big has very long arms and has previously drawn comparisons to former SU star and NBA draft selection Hakim Warrick.
The Orange now 12-6 (5-2 in the ACC) will face a tough road game as they will take on the nationally ranked Miami Hurricanes 14-2 (5-1 in the ACC) on Monday.