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Syracuse Second-Half Surge Downs Notre Dame, 70-58

The No. 5 Syracuse Orange just keep on rolling.

Behind Kris Joseph's game-best 18 points and 10 rebounds, Syracuse beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 70-58, Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

The victory should allow Syracuse to move up in the rankings because No. 4 Connecticut Huskies lost to No. 6 Pittsburgh Panthers, 78-63, on Monday.

The Orange (15-0), which led 34-33 at halftime, used a 16-5 run midway through the second half to secure its second Big East Conference win of the season.

For the third time in Jim Boeheim's coaching tenure, the Orange are 15-0 to start the season.

"We played much better offensively in the second half and we were much more patient with the ball," said Boeheim after the game. "We really played well today. Notre Dame is a difficult team to play. They were very good against our defense and they have good shooters. During this game we did very well on the offensive boards, probably the best we’ve done in a long time.”

Freshman forward James Sutherland scored 12 points off the bench, including five points during the critical run. Senior guard Scoop Jardine netted 15 points and dished out 10 assists.

Rick Jackson added 15 points and six blocks.

The Fighting Irish (12-2), who beat No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday, played good perimeter defense in the first half but couldn't sustain the intensity in the second.