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  • Syracuse's Tyus Battle (25) passes to teammate Oshae Brissett (11), next to Notre Dame's T.J. Gibbs Jr. (10) and John Mooney during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Oshae Brissett (11) grabs a rebound over Notre Dame's Nate Laszewski (14) and T.J. Gibbs Jr. (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Marek Dolezaj, center, competes for a rebound with Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin and Nate Laszewski (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Bourama Sidibe (34) and Notre Dame's John Mooney (33) compete for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Notre Dame's John Mooney (33) grabs a rebound next to Syracuse's Marek Dolezaj (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim yells to players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Notre Dame's John Mooney (33) goes up for a shot between Syracuse's Elijah Hughes (33), Bourama Sidibe (34) and Oshae Brissett (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Frank Howard (23) drives by Notre Dame's Prentiss Hubb (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Notre Dame's D.J. Harvey (5) goes up for a shot between Syracuse's Bourama Sidibe (34) and Tyus Battle (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Elijah Hughes (33) mimics playing a guitar as he celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey yells to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Notre Dame's D.J. Harvey (5) goes up for a shot with pressure from Syracuse's Oshae Brissett (11), Paschal Chukwu, and Tyus Battle (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Tyus Battle (25) drives down court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Elijah Hughes (33) moves by Notre Dame's D.J. Harvey (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Syracuse's Paschal Chukwu (13) and Tyus Battle (25) compete for a loose ball with Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Syracuse won 72-62. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

Saturday, January 05, 2019 4:10 pm

Syracuse rolls past Notre Dame

ANTHONY ANDERSON | Associated Press

 

SOUTH BEND — Redshirt junior guard Elijah Hughes erupted for career highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds as Syracuse dominated down the stretch during a 72-62 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.

Oshae Brissett added 19 points and 11 boards, and Tyus Battle scored 17 points as the Orange (10-4, 1-0) won their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Hughes hit 6 of 13 on 3-pointers. His previous high for triples was four.

T.J. Gibbs netted 18 points, dished five assists and sank a career-best six 3-pointers in 13 tries for the Fighting Irish (10-5, 0-2). John Mooney chipped in his seventh double-double with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Syracuse, unfazed by playing just its second true road game of the season, outscored Notre Dame 10-1 late to turn a 60-58 lead at 6:19 into a 70-59 spread with under one minute remaining.

The Irish made just one of their final 11 shots from the field.

It was the 50th meeting all-time between the former Big East rivals, with the Orange owning a 29-21 advantage.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: The Orange have won three straight, and with their next two games at home, have a chance to build momentum toward their next matchup against a ranked team. They haven't played one since falling 71-59 to visiting Buffalo on Dec. 18 and won't face another until heading to No. 1 Duke on Jan. 14.

Notre Dame: It only gets more challenging for the Irish. Four of their next six outings will be against ranked teams, capped by No. 4 Virginia and No. 1 Duke in a span of three days on Jan. 26 and 28 at home.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange play their ACC home opener Wednesday when Clemson visits.

Notre Dame: The Irish are off until hosting Boston College next weekend, the second of four straight Saturday home games on their ACC schedule.