NCAA: Syracuse clobbers No. 25 Notre Dame

NCAA: Syracuse clobbers No. 25 Notre Dame
February 4, 2013, 10:45 pm
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- C.J. Fair had 18 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jerami Grant scored a season-high 14 points, and No. 9 Syracuse beat No. 25 Notre Dame 63-47 on Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak that had dropped the Orange three spots in the rankings.

Syracuse (19-3, 7-2 Big East) was coming off consecutive road losses against Villanova and Pittsburgh and has only three conference losses in its last 32 Big East games. The Orange have now won a school-record 36 straight games at home, the longest active streak in Division I. Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) had won three straight.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Irish handed Syracuse its only conference loss last season, 67-58 at Purcell Pavilion last January. The Orange, unbeaten at the time and ranked No. 1, were missing shot-blocking, 7-foot center Fab Melo in that game because of an academic issue, and on Monday night senior James Southerland, the team's most consistent outside threat and third-leading scorer, missed his sixth straight game because of an eligibility matter related to academics. Southerland had 15 points in the loss to the Irish last year.

On this night, it didn't matter as the Syracuse defense clamped down. Notre Dame finished 6 of 20 on 3-pointers and shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) for the game as the Orange outrebounded the Irish 32-28 and blocked seven shots. It matched the season low for points for the Irish, who were held to 47 in a home loss two weeks ago to Georgetown.

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Cole Darling scored a game-high 17 points and Wright State used a second-half rally to top Loyola of Chicago 62-59 in a Horizon League matchup Monday night.

Jerran Young added 11 points to help Wright State (15-8, 6-4) snap a three-game losing streak.

Trailing 34-22 at halftime, Wright State started the second half on a 14-5 run and cut the deficit to three, 39-36, behind Joe Bramanti's 3-pointer with 12:02 left to play.

After Loyola (13-10, 3-7) answered with a 12-2 run to push the lead back to double figures, 51-38, with 7:54 left, Wright State responded by outscoring the Ramblers 21-8 to tie the game at 59 with 2:12 remaining. Young and Miles Dixon made back-to-back 3-pointers during the run.

Darling's jumper with 1:18 to go put the Raiders ahead 61-59 and Loyola missed four shots in the final minute.

Christian Thomas led the Ramblers with 13 points.

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