The Joyce Center has been a haven for Notre Dame basketball victories. The Carrier Dome has been almost the exact opposite. Monday night, the 25th ranked Irish faced off against 9th Syracuse Orange in upstate New York.
This most recent battle was “The Grant Game”. The Super Bowl featured Jim and John Harbaugh. This game had Jerami and Jerian Grant. Their father Harvey watched the game with an enormous Carrier Dome crowd.
In the first half, the Irish trailed but hung tough with the Orange. Brey utilized his typical 7-man rotation with Freshman Cam Biedscheid and Zac Auguste coming off the bench. Atkins and Grant had 6 points each in the first half. Notre Dame trailed at halftime, 30-24.
The Orange jumped all over the Irish in the beginning of the second half taking a 13-point lead around the 11 minute mark. Notre Dame struggled to score throughout. They were patient and got good looks but failed to knock down their shots.
With 7:17 left, Notre Dame cut the Syracuse lead to 8 points. From that point onward, the Irish failed to get any closer to the Orange.
Notre Dame was lead by Junior Jerian Grant with 15 points. Jerian, with 15 points, won the battle with his brother who scored a career high 14 points. The loss drops the Irish to 18-5 (6-4). Notre Dame moves on to play to the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday in South Bend where College GameDay will be as well.