SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) — After falling to Notre Dame by one point two weeks ago, the Syracuse men’s basketball team gave the Fighting Irish a taste of their own medicine as the Orange beat Notre Dame 84-82 on Wednesday.
The win is the Orange’s fourth in a row, tying their longest streak of the season.
Elijah Hughes filled the stat sheet for the Orange, pouring in 26 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block to his stat line.
Syracuse trailed by as many as 11 points when Notre Dame was up 30-19 in the first half.
The Orange responded with a 13-0 run capped off by an Elijah Hughes three to regain the lead. Syracuse would grow its lead to as many as 13 points in the second half, but Notre Dame would not go away.
It looked like Syracuse would cruise to victory up eight points with 35 seconds to play, but a couple of Notre Dame threes made it a two point game with 10 seconds left.
Thanks to a pair of Joe Girard III free throws, Syracuse regained a four point lead and was able to win by two after Notre Dame made a layup at the buzzer.
It was a balanced scoring night for the Orange, as everyone who played for Syracuse scored at least 9 points except for Brycen Goodine, who logged only four minutes making this first three-pointer of the season late in the first half.
Girard III had 15 points, a career-high 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 0 turnovers. Bourama Sidibe had one of his best games of the season with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Buddy Boeheim extended his double digit scoring streak to 11 straight games by getting to 10 points. The sophomore did not hit a three-pointer in the game for the first time this season.
Howard Washington did not play in the game. Coach Boeheim said he sprained his ankle in practice on Tuesday.
Syracuse is now 12-7 on the year, and 5-3 in ACC play. The Orange will put their four-game winning streak on the line Saturday, when they host Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome. Tip-off is scheduled for noon.
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