Orange handle Irish, break two-game skid

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

Syracuse's C.J. Fair brings down a rebound next to Notre Dame's Zach Auguste. Fair had 18 points and 10 boards in the 16-point win Monday.  KEVIN RIVOLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Syracuse's C.J. Fair brings down a rebound next to Notre Dame's Zach Auguste. Fair had 18 points and 10 boards in the 16-point win Monday.

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 now won a school-record 36 consecutive games at home, the longest active streak in Division I. Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4) had won three in row.

NO. 23 PITTSBURGH 56, SETON HALL 46

In Pittsburgh, Lamar Patterson scored 11 points and Pittsburgh pulled away late for a win over Seton Hall.

Freshman center Steven Adams added eight points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for the Panthers (19-5, 7-4 Big East), who won for the sixth time in their past seven games.

AP POLL: For the fifth consecutive week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll. This time it’s Indiana.

The Hoosiers, the preseason No. 1 who held the top spot for the first five weeks of the regular season, moved up two spots Monday, following their weekend win over No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Kansas’ loss to Oklahoma State.

Duke started the current streak of new No. 1s and was followed by Louisville, Duke again, Michigan and Indiana.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Coach Mark Gottfried says he doesn’t know if point guard Lorenzo Brown will be ready for Thursday’s trip to No. 4 Duke.

Brown sprained his left ankle during last week’s loss at Virginia, then sat out of Saturday’s home loss to Miami.

NORTH CAROLINA: Coach Roy Williams says P.J. Hairston is doubtful for tonight’s game against Wake Forest.

The sophomore suffered a concussion last week at Boston College and missed Saturday’s overtime win against Virginia Tech.


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