Edwards, Girard lead Syracuse over Notre Dame 62-61

Dec 2, 2022, 9:23 PM | Updated: Dec 3, 2022, 11:29 am
Syracuse's Judah Mintz (3) tries to get around as Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin, right, and Cormac Ryan...

Syracuse's Judah Mintz (3) tries to get around as Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin, right, and Cormac Ryan, left, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)

(AP Photo/Michael Caterina)

              Syracuse's Jesse Edwards (14) dunks over Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin, left, as Trey Wertz, right, watches during an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey watches as his team plays against Syracuse during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim gestures towards his players as they compete against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Notre Dame's JJ Starling (1) and Syracuse's Joseph Girard III, left, fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Syracuse's Judah Mintz (3) jumps up to defend Notre Dame's Cormac Ryan (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin (23) celebrates making a shot as Syracuse's Benny Williams (13) also runs up the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Syracuse's Joseph Girard III (11) drives past Notre Dame's Cormac Ryan (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Syracuse's Jesse Edwards (14) tries to drive between Notre Dame's Nate Laszewski (14) and Trey Wertz, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)
            
              Syracuse's Judah Mintz (3) tries to get around as Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin, right, and Cormac Ryan, left, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Caterina)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jesse Edwards and Joe Girard combined for 42 points and Syracuse beat Notre Dame 62-61 in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Judah Mintz scored on a baseline drive to give the Orange (4-4) the lead with 13.3 seconds remaining. Syracuse had three fouls to give and used them to cut the clock to 7.1 before Dane Goodwin missed a well-defended 3-point jumper at the buzzer.

The Orange fed Edwards inside as he finished 10-of-15 shooting with 22 points and 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Girard, who averages double figures but had only nine points in his last three games, including zero in a 73-44 loss in Syracuse’s previous contest, was 9 of 18 with 20 points, though only 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.

The Orange shot 48%, making only 3 of 18 3-point attempts, but outscored the Fighting Irish 34-18 in the paint and was plus-7 on points off turnovers.

The Fighting Irish (6-2), coming off a 70-52 win over No. 20 Michigan State, shot just 38%, well below their season average of 49%, though they made 11 of 33 from beyond the arc. Goodwin scored 16 points with nine rebounds, Cormac Ryan had 14 points and Ven-Allen Lubin had 10 points and eight rebounds. Nate Laszewski, who came in as the team’s leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, had just two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

Neither team led by more than five points in a game with 12 lead changes and 12 ties. It was 35-all at halftime.

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