SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Once again, Syracuse and Hakim Warrick used the full-court press to overcome a sluggish first half.
Warrick scored 20 points and Gerry McNamara added 22 as No. 8 Syracuse rallied for a 60-57 victory over Big East foe Notre Dame in front of a record-setting crowd.
"We're not playing well enough to win games offensively, Gerry's not shooting the ball well," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We're left with one option. They didn't really double team (Warrick) a lot so we were able to get it to him.
"Teams that can double team him or can play him, and make him take tough shots, we just don't have enough offense. That's the bottom line. Our offense is not what it has to be at this level."
Trailing by 18 points at halftime at Rutgers on January 24, the Orange (21-2, 8-1 Big East) came back for an 86-84 win behind an outstanding press that caused numerous turnovers.
In this one, Syracuse was unable to pull close to Notre Dame until it placed more pressure on the Fighting Irish, highlighted by a steal off an inbounds pass and a spectacular one-handed slam dunk by Warrick that brought the crowd of 33,199 - the largest on-campus crowd in NCAA history - to its feet.
"Our defense held us in," Boeheim said. "Our defense was pretty good for most of the game. We challenged them pretty well but we got into a forced press situation. They're a good ball-handling team but we made a basket, then a turnover that was a big turnover and kind of got us back going. Then they made a mistake on the other end and we were right back in the game."
Syracuse had the old record of 33,071 set in Carmelo Anthony's final Carrier Dome appearance against Rutgers two years ago.
The slam cut the Orange's deficit to 50-45, and after a missed free throw by Notre Dame's Chris Thomas, McNamara buried his third 3-pointer to make it 50-48 with 4:07 left.
After two free throws by Warrick tied the score at 52-52 with 2:39 to play, Chris Quinn missed a 3-pointer for the Irish and McNamara was fouled by Thomas attempting a shot from the arc.
McNamara, an 82 percent free throw shooter, sank all three for Syracuse's first lead since the opening minute. He made four more to extend the margin to 60-56 with 20 seconds left.
Thomas, who scored just five points on 2-of-13 shooting, had a chance to tie the game, but his shot from just behind halfcourt bounced off the rim after it hit the backboard.
"We did a tremendous job with them on (Chris) Thomas," said Boeheim about SU's defense on Notre Dame's senior point guard. "We've had two games in a row where we've held him in check and he's a really good player."
Warrick shot 7-of-11 with numerous dunks and McNamara, who made all 11 free throws, scored 18 points in the second half for the Orange, which trailed 26-20 at the half, their lowest first-half total this season.
Behind a handful of lefthanded floaters in the lane, Josh Pace scored 10 points and Billy Edelin was held to just two on 1-of-4 shooting. Since returning to the team on December 1 against St. Bonaventure, the junior guard has yet to find his shooting touch, scoring just 4.2 points in 15 games. He averaged 13.8 points in 17 games before leaving the team for personal reasons.
Torin Francis scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Notre Dame (13-6, 5-4), which held a 37-29 rebounding advantage in the contest.
Quinn had 12 points with three 3-pointers and Dennis Latimore chipped in 10 points and six boards off the bench for the Irish, who absorbed their third straight road loss in league play.