Syracuse, N.Y. — In one thing of a uncommon afternoon within the Carrier Dome, nothing dramatic was introduced earlier than Syracuse met Notre Dame in a males’s basketball sport.Nobody was a Covid casualty. Nobody appeared injured or unable to play, other than Bourama Sidibe, who continues to expertise knee soreness.All that was left, then, was to play the sport.And boy, was Notre Dame prepared. The Irish blitzed out to a 46-32 first-half lead.But we play two halves in basketball. And the Orange unleashed its press and overwhelmed the Irish within the second half. Final rating: Syracuse 75, Notre Dame 67.Here’s what occurred:The press helped Syracuse climb out of a deep, deep gap Saturday. The Irish might be troublesome to press, in that they’ve so many succesful shooters, it’s harmful to go away them alone within the corners. But SU’s strain labored at first by dashing up the Irish, who initially took fast photographs (and missed), then simply turned the ball over.With 8:26 left within the sport, a Quincy Guerrier 3-point shot chopped a once-robust ND result in 60-59. The Irish at that time had dedicated six second-half turnovers towards the Syracuse press. Mike Brey was telling his staff to be affected person, to decelerate, however the Irish wouldn’t or couldn’t. And whereas the Orange was turning the Irish over or simply making them uncomfortable, SU started to make photographs of its personal.Buddy Boeheim led the Orange in scoring Saturday and he did it each on the 3-point line and with the methodical again downs within the lane. He transformed a 3-point play with 10:37 left within the sport to trim the ND result in 60-53, then sank a 3-pointer off a Quincy Guerrier go to inch SU inside 60-56.This was pretty much as good an offensive efficiency as Boeheim has had this season. He completed with 29 factors on 10-of-19 capturing. He was 6-of-10 from the 3-point line. He was vastly chargeable for Syracuse profitable that sport.Notre Dame, an excellent capturing staff, proved it in that first half. The staff got here into the Dome because the nation’s Thirty fourth-best capturing staff from the 3-point line. The Irish are at all times a terrific capturing/offensive staff they usually picked aside the zone from numerous angles Saturday.First, they discovered large man Juwan Durham with lobs on the rim. He scored 10 factors in about six minutes. Notre Dame discovered the weak seams in the course of the zone and simply didn’t miss these open alternatives. They additionally made 3-point photographs — they drained half of the 14 photographs they took from the 3-point line. Syracuse struggled to find shooters — the corners and the wings had been essentially the most weak. The Orange merely couldn’t guard Notre Dame, which shot 18-of-33 in that first half.But Syracuse’s press modified the complexion of Saturday’s sport. Some of those self same photographs had been there, however Notre Dame didn’t make many. Syracuse was a bit higher at swarming to the shooters, however frankly, Notre Dame simply … missed. The Irish scored a complete of 21 factors within the second half, shot 32 p.c total and 29 p.c from the 3-point line.On the offensive finish, the Orange basically tried to beat the Irish off the dribble within the first half. That plan at instances slowed down any offensive motion and made spectators of each Syracuse participant who was not the man with the ball in his arms. Notre Dame has struggled to protect groups this season. The Irish ranked 142 in Ken Pomeroy’s defensive effectivity statistic going into the sport. Syracuse, with all that stagnation, made itself a straightforward first-half cowl.But then got here the second half. Syracuse nonetheless tried to beat ND off the dribble on numerous events and plenty of instances, that labored. Marek Dolezaj was significantly efficient in there. But the Orange benefitted, too, from good 3-point capturing — primarily from Buddy Boeheim.Syracuse was 6-of-12 from the 3-point line within the second half. The Orange additionally ended up with extra paint factors than the Irish, who led that class early in Saturday’s sport.With about 3 minutes left within the half, Jim Boeheim turned to Robert Braswell and John Bol Ajak alongside the again line. The Orange had been outrebounded by one of many league’s lesser lights within the rebounding class. Syracuse wanted some kind of spark, some kind of life. Braswell drained a 3-point shot and Ajak was … nicely, he was advantageous in there for that temporary interval. He’s energetic, he talks lots and he helped in that temporary window.Braswell performed loads of minutes within the second half and gave the Orange a carry along with his rebounding and his protection. His stat line received’t present it, however he was important to SU within the second half.This and that: Both Mike Brey and Jim Boeheim draped commemorative towels over their shoulders to honor John Thompson; the trouble was coordinated by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. … The Syracuse bench within the second half was as spirited as I’ve seen it within the Dome this season. Guys had been up and screaming encouragement. … Syracuse did most of its second-half injury with Joe Girard and Alan Griffin on the bench. … It may get misplaced within the press/Buddy Boeheim post-game shuffle, however Marek Dolezaj put up a few of his greatest offensive numbers of the season. 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