Joseph, Jardine pace No. 5 Orange
Syracuse posts 70-58 win over No. 15 Notre Dame
Kris Joseph had 18 points, Scoop Jardine added 15 points and nine assists to lead fifth-ranked Syracuse past visiting No. 15 Notre Dame, 70-58, on Saturday.
The Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East) broke open a tight game with a 17-3 run that started with a jumper from the top of the key by Joseph. That snapped a 44-44 tie with 13 minutes 2 seconds to play as the Irish (12-2, 1-1) began losing the ball too often.
After committing only four turnovers in the first half, the Irish had nine by the 11-minute mark in the second and the Orange capitalized. Syracuse scored 10 fast-break points in the second half.
Freshman Dion Waiters converted a three-point play, Jardine hit a three-pointer on the wing off a pretty pass out from under the basket by Jackson, and James Southerland swished a three from the top of the key during the decisive spurt for a 61-47 lead with 7:48 left.
Jackson contributed a career-high six blocks, and Southerland had 12 points.
Tim Abromaitis led Notre Dame with 15 points and Ben Hansbrough had 12.
The Irish, ranked second nationally in shooting (52.5 percent) entering the week, finished 23 of 54 (42.6 percent) and were 7 of 21 on three-pointers. Notre Dame also had 15 turnovers, nearly five more than its average.
Notre Dame had won two of the last four in the Carrier Dome and, after upsetting No. 9 Georgetown on Wednesday was aiming to keep the momentum going.
The Irish hadn’t beaten a top-five team since a 75-70 triumph over No. 2 Connecticut on Jan. 5, 2000 at the Hartford Civic Center.
Jackson had only four points — all on free throws — and just two rebounds in the tight first half. The Orange’s lone senior entered the game averaging 13.6 points and 12.2 rebounds, tops on the boards in the Big East and fourth nationally, and he turned it around in the second by going inside.
Syracuse women romp
Kayla Alexander had 21 points and 14 rebounds while Elashier Hall added 18 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 24 Syracuse beat visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 91-56.
It was the 39th straight nonconference win at home for the Orange, and the fourth time in program history Syracuse has opened a season at 12-1.
Laquisha Slaton had 11 points and Jasmine Abrams and Chigoziany Okwumabua had 10 apiece for ArkansasPine Bluff (0-11).