Joseph, Jar­dine pace No. 5 Orange

Syra­cuse posts 70-58 win over No. 15 Notre Dame

The Washington Post Sunday - - D2 -

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).

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