SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -Wesley Johnson scored 22 points and Andy Rautins added 21 on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range to lead No. 5 Syracuse to an 84-71 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, the Orange's third Big East road win in six days.
After shooting 54 percent in the first half, the Orange (18-1, 5-1) shot 44 percent in the second half. But the Orange were 20 of 25 from the free-throw line in the second half as they held on. The Irish made several runs at the Orange, but only once in the second half got within a basket of tying it.
The Irish (14-5, 3-3) used an 8-1 run to close to 55-53 on two free throws by Tory Jackson after Rautins was called for an intentional foul for throwing an elbow. The Orange went on a 6-0 run to go up 65-56.
The Irish cut the lead to 67-62 when Tim Abromaitis, who scored 26 points, hit his second straight 3-pointer. But Syracuse put the game away with a 17-7 run.
Syracuse was 8 of 17 from 3-point range while the Irish were 8 of 30. The Orange finished 24 of 31 from the free-throw line compared to Irish going 11 of 13.
Luke Harangody had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish, who shot 38 percent from the field and lost their second straight.
Arinze Onuaku added 13 points for the Orange.
The Orange were 7 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half, but the Irish stayed in the game early by outrebounding Syracuse 14-7. The Orange ended up outrebounding the Irish 38-35, including coming up with key decisive rebounds. When the Irish cut the lead to five points, Kris Joseph twice got rebounds of missed free throws by Syracuse teammates.
The Orange took control with a 9-0 run late in the first half and led 45-39 at halftime.
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