Syracuse Snaps Three-Game Skid, Downs Notre Dame 62-61 in ACC Opener
By: Cameron Ezeir | @EzeirCameron
CitrusTV Men’s Basketball Beat Reporter
When a team shoots 3-of-18 from downtown, more often than not, they lose. Well Syracuse shot that exact clip, including 0-of-8 from distance in the second half. But, the Cuse defied the odds in a 62-61 win over Notre Dame in the ACC opener, thanks large in part to Syracuse shooting 62% from inside the arc. A point of emphasis entering the game, which SU executed to perfection.
JIM BOEHEIM: We just have to be a little bit smarter, there were two or three times we took a jump shot that we have to get it to Jesse, we can’t always but we have to keep working at that. Jesse’s been really good, he’s rebounding the defensive board, he’s just really getting better over time.
JESSE EDWARDS: We knew coming in that they were really good offensively and defensively they might have some gaps inside so yeah, we did try and run some sets for me and they got me the ball really well. I tried to fight in there and got really good opportunities. In the second half I realized they were immediately doubling those, so I could just kick it out, we could get good looks outside, driving and cuts, so it was opening up the way that we hoped it did.
Syracuse’s star down low, it had to be Jesse Edwards with 22 points and 14 rebounds. That’s his third double double of the season, more than he had all of last year and Edwards becomes just the second Orange player in the last 12 seasons to record a game with 22 plus points and more than 14 rebounds. Edwards and company snap the 3-game skid and now it’s back to the non-conference slate, taking on Oakland on Tuesday at 6PM. Reporting from Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana, Cameron Ezeir, Citrus TV.