NOTRE DAME, Ind. – John Mooney secured a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell to the Syracuse Orange 84-82 at home inside Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday evening.
The Fighting Irish had four players score in double figures, led by Mooney. Dane Goodwin added 15 points off the bench and T.J. Gibbs chipped in as well with 13 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After jumping out to a 23-19 advantage, Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run with 11:52 left in the first half to increase its lead to 30-19. The Fighting Irish then surrendered that lead and entered halftime down 46-42.
Syracuse kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 68-60 advantage before Notre Dame went on a 9-0 run, finished off by Goodwin’s layup, to seize a 69-68 lead with 5:58 to go in the contest. Syracuse re-asserted control, outscoring the Fighting Irish 16-13 the rest of the way to hand Notre Dame the 84-82 loss. Notre Dame shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting six shots from deep to score 18 of its 40 points.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mooney’s illustrious season continued on Wednesday evening, as the senior flirted with a triple double. The forward led the Irish in scoring (21), rebounding (13) and tied for the lead in assists (six).
STAT OF THE GAME
Mooney set the program record for most consecutive games with a double-double on Wednesday evening, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds for his 12th in a row. Mooney broke the record of 11 straight which was previously held by Luke Harangody.
- For the ninth time this season the Irish finished with less than 10 turnovers in a game, recording just seven against the Orange.
- Notre Dame knocked down 13 shots from beyond the arc, marking the eighth game this season the Irish have made at least 10 three-point attempts.
- Mooney recorded his 15th double-double in just 17 games that he has played in this season. The senior has now recorded a double-double in 12 straight games, setting the program record for most consecutive double-doubles passing Luke Harangody.
- Goodwin finished in double figures in the scoring column for the 12th time this season and 20th time in his career.
- Gibbs notched his 15th double-digit scoring performance of the season and 71st of his career.
- Laszewski finished with 11 points, marking the sixth time this season and 15th time in his career he has scored at least 10 points.
The Fighting Irish hit the road for a tough away matchup against No. 5/6 Florida State at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25. The game will air on ACCN and will also be available to stream via the WatchESPN app (subscription required).