SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sophomore Trevor Cooney has his shooting touch back — at an ideal time for top-ranked Syracuse.
Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, matching a school record with nine three-point baskets, and the Orange beat Notre Dame 61-55 on Monday night.
After struggling to a woeful 25.4 percent (14 of 55) from behind the arc in his first seven Atlantic Coast Conference games, Cooney has made 11 of 14 in the past two games and was the difference against the Fighting Irish.
“It feels good,” said Cooney, who attempted 12 three-point shots.
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“I kind of got going and guys just found me in good spots.”
Syracuse (22-0 overall, 9-0 ACC) moved to No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll this week after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night and previous No. 1 Arizona’s 60-58 loss at California.
The Orange extended a program record for consecutive victories to start a season.
Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) has lost seven of nine.
Two days after one of the most emotional victories in Jim Boeheim’s 38 seasons as coach, Syracuse played its first game as the nation’s top team since the 2011-12 season.
Garrick Sherman led Notre Dame with 16 points.
“We put ourselves in position to make it interesting,” Irish coach Mike Brey said.
At No. 6 Villanova 81, Xavier 58
James Bell made six three-pointers and scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats (20-2, 8-1 Big East) over the Musketeers (15-7, 5-4).
No. 16 Iowa St. 98, at No. 19 Okla St. 97 (3 OT)
DeAndre Kane had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the Cyclones (17-4, 5-4 Big 12) beat the Cowboys (16-6, 4-5) in Stillwater for the first time since 1988 — a span of 18 games.
Le’Bryan Nash scored 26 points and Marcus Smart had 20 points and eight assists for Oklahoma State.
• After a three-week absence, Gonzaga (20-3) is back in the Associated Press men’s Top 25 . The Zags are 23rd. In the USA Today coaches poll, Gonzaga improved from 24th to 20th.
• Gonzaga (20-3) moved from 22nd to 20th in this week’s AP women’s poll.