No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 25 Notre Dame in men’s basketball

C.J. Fair had 18 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jerami Grant scored a season-best 14 points, and No. 9 Syracuse beat No. 25 Notre Dame, 63-47, on Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak that had dropped the Orange three spots in the rankings.

Syracuse (19-3, 7-2 Big East) was coming off consecutive road losses against Villanova and Pittsburgh and has only three conference losses in its last 32 Big East games. The Orange have won a school-record 36 straight games at home, the longest active streak in Division 1. Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) had won three straight games overall.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Irish handed Syracuse its only conference loss last season, 67-58, at Purcell Pavilion last January. The Orange, unbeaten at the time and ranked No. 1, were missing shot-blocking, 7-foot center Fab Melo in that game because of an academic issue, and on Monday night senior James Southerland, the team’s most consistent outside threat and third-leading scorer, missed his sixth straight game because of an eligibility matter related to academics.

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Jerian Grant, Jerami’s brother, finished with 15 points for the Irish. The game was the first in college between the Grant brothers.

Pittsburgh 56, Seton Hall 46 — Lamar Patterson scored 11 points and the No. 23 Panthers (19-5, 7-4 Big East) pulled away late at home.

Fairfield 64, Siena 54 — Derek Needham had a game-high 18 points, helping the Stags (14-10, 6-6 MAAC) best the host Saints (6-17, 4-8).


Texas A&M 74, LSU 57 — Kelsey Bone’s 21 points lifted the No. 14 Aggies (18-5, 8-1 SEC) past the host Lady Tigers (13-9, 4-5).

Penn St. 69, Purdue 61 — In State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas scored 17 points, and the No. 8 Lady Lions (18-3, 8-1) withstood a late rally by the No. 13 Boilermakers (18-4, 7-2) to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Bryant 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 53 — Katie Whittington’s career-best 27 points helped the Bulldogs (8-13, 4-6 NEC) top the host Knights (9-12, 4-6).

Monmouth 69, Central Conn. 63 — The visiting Blue Devils (11-10, 5-5 NEC) got 20 points from Jaclyn Babe but lost to the Hawks (9-12, 6-4).

Quinnipiac 78, Mount St. Mary’s 55 — Gillian Abshire’s game-high 17 points helped the Bobcats (19-2, 10-0 NEC) top the host Mountaineers (9-12, 5-5).

Sacred Heart 76, Wagner 47 — The visiting Pioneers (15-7, 7-3 NEC) got 19 points from Gabrielle Washington in overwhelming the Seahawks (2-19, 1-9).