McAlarney sets ND 3-point record as Irish beat Syracuse

Kyle McAlarney ripped a part Syracuse's vintage 2-3 zone by hitting a school record nine 3-pointers as Notre Dame defeated the Orange 94-87 at the Joyce Center Sunday.

Notre Dame is now 11-3 in the Big East and trail Georgetown and Louisville by just a half-game for 1st place. The Irish go on the road to face Louisville on Thursday.

The win is the 36th consecutive for the Irish at home, which is now the 2nd best streak in the country thanks to Saturday's loss by Memphis.

Notre Dame has also won 17 straight at home against Big East opponents. That is the 2nd longest streak in conference history. The record is 20 set by Pitt in 2004.

McAlarney finished with 30 points for the game 9-13 from beyond the arc.

The Irish led by 10 points at the half and opened the lead up to 16 in the 2nd half on a huge Ryan Ayers slam. Ayers had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

But Syracuse battled back and pulled within six after an Arinze Onuaku slam.

The Orange didn't get any closer as Luke Harangody sealed the win with a slam dunk of his own. Harangody had his 7th straight double double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Rob Kurz, who left the game in the 2nd half after getting hit in the eye, scored 15 points. Kurz was bloodied and up and received 10 stitches before returning to the bench. He traded his bloodied jersey for a clean #22 to play the rest of the way.


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