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Orange Upset Irish

The Syracuse Orange defeated the Notre Dame Irish on the road Tuesday night, winning a tightly contest battle by the final score of 65-60. A combined effort by Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas may have been the difference in the game.

However, B.J. Johnson came off the bench for 19 points, leading the Orange in scoring while also snagging seven rebounds. Christmas led the Orange on the boards once again, earning another double-double, but Johnson's bench play was the different for sure.

Despite hitting just one three-pointer shot, Cooney found his rhythm again, connecting on five shots for 11 total points. Gbinije connects to dominate in all aspects on the game, this time on defense. Gbinije had six total steals, as both he and Irish guard Steve Vasturia were causing havoc on defense.

Vasturia finished with four steals, but it was forward Bonzie Colson who had a team-high 16 points for Notre Dame. It was and even game throughout, with both teams have very similar stat lines. Guard Ron Patterson had six quiet points, and was another productive bench player for the Orange.

Bench play has been lacking consistency all season, so Syracuse will look to see more of that play from Johnson and Patterson when the Orange travel to Duke. Duke beat the Orange inside the Carrier Dome on Feb. 14, winning by eight points.

With momentum now, the Orange will look to pull off another ACC road upset with the tournament nearing ahead. Gbinije had 27 points against the Blue Devils last time out, as he will look to continue his dominant play.

Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is the first of Syracuse's final three games of the season. Following Duke, the Orange host Virginia before traveling to N.C. State. They are currently ranked sixth within the ACC, but will not see either the conference nor national tournament this season.

18-10, 9-6
Overall Record
24-5, 12-4
Jim Boehiem
Head Coach
Mike Brey
B> Johnson (19)
Points Leader
B. Colson (16)
T. Robersn (3)
Assists Leader
J. Grant (9)
R. Christmas (12)
Rebounds Leader
P. Cannaughton (15)