NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame was unable to win its third straight game at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, as a Syracuse second-half comeback allowed the Orange to edge the Irish 75-67.
Four Notre Dame players finished in double figures on the day. Trey Wertz led the visitors with 17 points and Dane Goodwin scored 13. The two Irish big men Nate Laszweski (11) and Juwan Durham (10) combined for 21 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish were nearly flawless on offense in the first half of play, scoring 46 points on 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) shooting to build a 46-32 lead at the break. The Irish were effective from beyond the arc, knocking down 7-of-14 threes. Wertz and Durham combined for 21 points to pace the Notre Dame defense.
Unfortunately for the Irish, the offensive efficiency did not carry over to the second half, as the Syracuse pressure disrupted Notre Dame’s rhythm. After pushing the lead to as many as 20 at 55-35 early in the second stanza, it was all Syracuse the rest of the way. The Orange finished the game outsourcing the Irish 40-12 to escape with a 75-67 win.
NOTES OF THE GAME
- Notre Dame knocked down 12 shots from three-point range, marking the 10th time they have made double-digit threes this season.
- Laszewski registered his third double-double of the season and fourth of his career with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
- Wertz knocked down five shots from distance, tying his season high for made threes in a game.
Notre Dame remains on the road, heading to Louisville for a conference showdown at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Irish and the Cardinals will square off on the ACCN.