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SU rallies past Notre Dame

Joseph struggled, going one-for-six early, but eventually found his rhythm knocking in a triple as part of 7-2 run. Syracuse was gripping to a 14- 13 lead with 12:15 remaining.

The Orange and Irish fought through a sequence of seven ties and 13 lead changes during the first half. Dion Waiters and C.J. Fair both hit key shots, though Fair was still nursing from an ankle sprain and only played seven minutes for the entire contest.

Abromaitis hit 3-pointers from the corner and scored on fast break opportunities, while teammate Ben Hansbrough pitched in with six points.

Joseph, Southerland, and Jardine accounted for most of the SU's points and assists. Jackson only made one field goal, but blocked a few shots and played well from the defensive standpoint. In a game as good as advertised, SU led 34-33 at the break.

In the second half, it was Notre Dame that got off to a great start, just as they did in the first half. The Irish had figured out how to conquer the SU's 2/3 zone. Excellent perimeter passing combined with balanced scoring allowed ND to roll to a 41-33 advantage. With the Dome crowd restless, coach Jim Boeheim called time-out.

SU exploded after the time-out, going on an 18-5 run to move ahead for good. The great comeback was attributed to Jardine's explosive scoring drives, two Southerland 3-pointers and Jackson's powerful two handed slams allowing SU to pull ahead 42-40.

Notre Dame continued to falter as the Orange's defense swarmed the visitors into submission, forcing consecutive turnovers and scoring on two easy fast breaks. Waiters capped off SU's lengthy scoring run in terrific fashion, when he used left hand to shield of the defender while scoring on a lay-up.

The Irish were hindered when they missed six straight shots, thanks to SU's defensive strategy. The 6-9, 240-pound Jackson changed the complexion of the game dominating the interior post. He shut down Notre Dame's penetration driving to the basket, and altered their shot selection as well. With six minutes left, Syracuse eventually built a 63-47 lead, before Notre Dame made one final push that cut their lead to nine - too late, though.

SU, its long homestand over, goes to New Jersey this Saturday for a confrontation with Seton Hall.

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