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Roundup: Syracuse snaps skid by topping Notre Dame

C.J. Fair had 18 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jerami Grant scored a season-best 14 points, and No. 9 Syracuse beat No. 25 Notre Dame, 63-47, on Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak that had dropped the Orange three spots in the rankings.

Syracuse (19-3, 7-2 Big East) was coming off consecutive road losses against Villanova and Pittsburgh and has only three conference losses in its last 32 Big East games. The Orange have won a school-record 36 straight games at home, the longest active streak in Division 1. Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) had won three straight games overall.

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It was the first meeting between the teams since the Irish handed Syracuse its only conference loss last season, 67-58, at Purcell Pavilion last January. The Orange, unbeaten at the time and ranked No. 1, were missing shot-blocking, 7-foot center Fab Melo in that game because of an academic issue, and on Monday night senior James Southerland, the team’s most consistent outside threat and third-leading scorer, missed his sixth straight game because of an eligibility matter related to academics.

Jerian Grant, Jerami’s brother, finished with 15 points for the Irish. The game was the first in college between the Grant brothers.

Pittsburgh 56, Seton Hall 46 — Lamar Patterson scored 11 points and the No. 23 Panthers (19-5, 7-4 Big East) pulled away late at home.

Fairfield 64, Siena 54 — Derek Needham had a game-high 18 points, helping the Stags (14-10, 6-6 MAAC) best the host Saints (6-17, 4-8).

Women

Texas A&M 74, LSU 57 — Kelsey Bone’s 21 points lifted the No. 14 Aggies (18-5, 8-1 SEC) past the host Lady Tigers (13-9, 4-5).

Penn St. 69, Purdue 61 — In State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas scored 17 points, and the No. 8 Lady Lions (18-3, 8-1) withstood a late rally by the No. 13 Boilermakers (18-4, 7-2) to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

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Bryant 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 53 — Katie Whittington’s career-best 27 points helped the Bulldogs (8-13, 4-6 NEC) top the host Knights (9-12, 4-6).

Monmouth 69, Central Conn. 63 — The visiting Blue Devils (11-10, 5-5 NEC) got 20 points from Jaclyn Babe but lost to the Hawks (9-12, 6-4).

Quinnipiac 78, Mount St. Mary’s 55 — Gillian Abshire’s game-high 17 points helped the Bobcats (19-2, 10-0 NEC) top the host Mountaineers (9-12, 5-5).

Sacred Heart 76, Wagner 47 — The visiting Pioneers (15-7, 7-3 NEC) got 19 points from Gabrielle Washington in overwhelming the Seahawks (2-19, 1-9).

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