SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Hakim Warrick and Syracuse are making up for some lost time.
Warrick collected 19 points and 10 rebounds as the 19th-ranked Orangemen extended their winning streak to 13 games with an 81-70 victory over Notre Dame in a Big East Conference matchup.
Syracuse (13-1, 3-0 Big East) was heavily criticized for playing its first 12 games in New York, including 11 at home. The Orangemen have taken a liking to the road, winning by 14 points at Missouri on Monday and cruising to another double-digit triumph.
"They played well," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "They are a heckuva basketball team. They were much more physical than we were and we did not match them in the paint."
Billy Edelin scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as Syracuse posted its fifth straight victory over Notre Dame. Warrick put an exclamation point on the win with a ferocious slam over Torin Francis for a 73-57 cushion with 5:01 to go.
Chris Thomas, who poured in 29 points in Monday's loss at Pittsburgh, had major problems with Syracuse's trademark 2-3 zone. Thomas made just 5-of-18 shots for 13 points and was never a factor.
"We only gave Thomas a couple of looks though," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We did a good job of guarding him in the (zone) defense."
Syracuse shot a sizzling 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the field and took excellent care of the ball with only eight turnovers. All five starters came up with a pair of steals.
Notre Dame (8-5, 2-2) lost its second straight and fell to 0-3 against ranked teams. Thomas was 2-of-9 from the arc as the Irish made 8-of-23.
"We really did a good job of making them work for every shot and we made them take tough shots the entire game," Warrick said. "That's what you have to to with teams who take a lot of threes, you can't give them any open looks."
Freshman Louie McCroskey nailed a 3-pointer to give Syracuse a 33-23 lead with 3:20 before halftime. The Orangemen ran off 13 straight points in one first-half stretch in which four different players scored.
McCroskey has blossomed into Syracuse's second man off the bench and made all three shots for eight points. The Orangemen used a predominantly six-man rotation through most of the season.
"Louie stepped up and hit some big-time shots," McNamara said. "We need other people who can step up and hit shots, especially behind the 3-point line."
A steal and layup by Chris Quinn pulled the Irish within 64-57 before Josh Pace countered with a pair of inside hoops. That triggered a 9-0 burst that was capped by Warrick's dunk.
Francis collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, but Notre Dame was outscored in the paint, 46-26, by repeatedly allowing penetration.