No. 5 Syracuse 70,
No. 15 Notre Dame 58
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kris Joseph had 18 points, Scoop Jardine had 15 points and nine assists, and fifth-ranked Syracuse beat 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 13:02 left 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.
Freshman Dion Waiters converted a three-point play, Jardine hit a 3 on the wing off a pretty pass out from under the basket by Jackson, and James Southerland swished a 3 from the top of the key during the decisive spurt for a 61-47 lead with 7:48 left.
Tim Abromaitis led Notre Dame with 15 points, Ben Hansbrough had 12 and Scott Martin 10.
No. 9 Georgetown 86, DePaul 75
WASHINGTON — Austin Freeman and Jason Clark scored 21 points apiece, and Georgetown survived a second-half scare Saturday before pulling away for a win over DePaul in the Hoyas’ first New Year’s Day game in 68 years.
Chris Wright added 17 points — all in the second half — as Georgetown (12-2, 1-1 Big East) rebounded from a loss to Notre Dame in its conference opener. The Hoyas never trailed, but they had an 11-point led cut to one with 14 minutes remaining before a pair of 8-0 runs put the game out of reach.
Freshman Cleveland Melvin scored a season-high 29 points for the Blue Demons (6-8, 0-2), who have lost 25 straight road games, 15 straight games against Big East opponents and 10 in a row against Georgetown.