continued Grant got a chance to play against his brother, Dorian, with their father, former NBA player Harvey Grant, in attendance rooting for both of his sons on to victory. In order to show his support for his sons he wore a black T-shirt with the words encased in bold “Team Grant” with #3 in orange and #22 in green.
Both brothers performed well as Dorian led ND with a season-best 15 points. Jerami, who had gone one-for-eight against Pitt, was more comfortable here.
“I saw the game against Pitt,” Harvey Grant said. “Pitt is a very physical team. It was not something he was used to. Now he knows what to do.”
Christmas contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while guard Michael Carter-Williams was not reckless handling the ball, dishing out eight assists despite getting just five points.
SU dashed out to a fast 10-0 lead. Grant got SU's offense on the right foot connecting on two foul line jumpers, and Brandon Triche added two free throws and a layup that kept the momentum rolling for the home team.
ND missed its first four shots, committed four fouls and were held scoreless at the 15:05 mark. But after a timeout, the Irish immediately turned the tables with an 11-0 run thanks to Grant's 3-pointers and Cooley's drive to the basket.
As the battle progressed it became more of a tightly contested game with three ties and four lead changes. But the Orange pulled ahead 19-17 on a dunk by Christmas. Trevor Cooney fired up a 3 that bounced off the rim, but fair grabbed the rebound and dunked it home with authority. Then Carter-Williams delivered a terrific feed to Triche on a fast break who converted a three-point play.
ND remained within striking range, but Syracuse led at halftime 30-26 as, just before the horn sounded Syracuse's Grant sliced through traffic and scored on a reverse layup.