SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)Chris Bell scored 17 points, Judah Mintz scored seven of his 14 points in the final 3 minutes and Syracuse overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Notre Dame 78-73 Saturday night.
Maliq Brown scored 15 points and Jesse Edwards added 13 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocks for Syracuse (12-6, 5-2 ACC).
Marcus Hammond hit a 3-pointer with 2:37 left that gave the Fighting Irish a two-point lead, but Mintz answered with a jumper 24 seconds later and made 1 of 2 free throws to give Syracuse a 72-71 lead with 1:46 to go. Notre Dame followed with a shot-clock violation – its second consecutive turnover – and then missed four straight field-goal attempts before Nate Laszewski made a layup with 7 seconds left to make it 76-73.
Mintz, who finished with eight assists, made 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 20 seconds.
Hammond scored 18 points, Dane Goodwin added 15 with six assists and Laszewski had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (9-9, 1-6). Trey Wertz added 12 points.
Wertz and Hammond each hit four of the Fighting Irish’s season-high 15 3-pointers.
Syracuse shot 60.9% (14 of 23) from the field and outscored the Fighting Irish 11-1 from the free-throw line in the second half.
Laszewski, Goodwin, Wertz and Hammond each hit a 3-pointer in a span of about four minutes to give Notre Dame (9-9, 1-6) a 59-47 lead – matching its largest of the game – with 12 minutes to play.
Notre Dame returns home to take on Florida State on Tuesday.
Syracuse plays Monday at No. 16 Miami.
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