Around college basketball: Orange downs Irish, snaps two-game skid
No. 9 Syracuse 63, No. 25 Notre Dame 47: C.J. Fair had 18 points and 10 rebounds and host Syracuse ended a two-game losing streak by beating Notre Dame in a Big East game last night.
Syracuse (19-3, 7-2) was coming off consecutive road losses against Villanova and Pittsburgh. The Orange now has won a school-record 36 straight home games, the longest active streak in Division I. Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) had won three straight.
The Irish finished 6 of 20 on three-pointers and shot 34.6 percent from the field for the game. Syracuse outrebounded Notre Dame 32-28 and blocked seven shots.
Jerian Grant finished with 15 points to lead Notre Dame, and his brother, Jerami, had a season-high 14 points for Syracuse in the first college meeting between the brothers. Jack Cooley had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season for the Irish.
Notre Dame fell behind 41-28 midway through the second half as the Orange put together a 13-4 spurt spanning halftime to take control.
OTHER MEN’S HIGHLIGHTS
No. 23 Pittsburgh 56, Seton Hall 46: Lamar Patterson scored 11 points, freshman center Steven Adams had 15 rebounds and Pittsburgh (19-5, 7-4) pulled away late for a Big East win over visiting Seton Hall (13-10, 2-8).
The Panthers won for the sixth time in seven games as the Pirates managed only two baskets in the final 10 minutes. Fuquan Edwin led Seton Hall with 23 points, but he was slowed after injuring his right ankle midway through the second half.
Wright State 62, Loyola 59: Cole Darling scored 17 points and host Wright State (15-8, 6-4) rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to top Loyola of Chicago (13-10, 3-7) in the Horizon League, snapping a three-game losing streak.
No. 8 Penn State 69, No. 13 Purdue 61: Maggie Lucas scored 17 points and Penn State (18-3, 8-1) withstood a second-half rally by visiting Purdue (18-4, 7-2) to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Penn State finished off the Boilermakers with a 12-6 run after they narrowed a 12-point deficit to 57-55. Purdue then went the next five-plus minutes without a field goal. Courtney Moses led Purdue with 21 points.
Michigan State 61, Michigan 46: Becca Mills scored 12 points off the bench and host Michigan State (18-4, 6-3) used an 18-2 run spanning halftime to take control of a Big Ten win over Michigan (16-6, 5-4). Nya Jordan led the Wolverines with 13 points.