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Syracuse hit a bumpy road, but returning back to familiar surroundings worked in favor in their favor as a young face shines. Get the full story inside.

Returning home to the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team has returned to winning.

After going 0-2 in the last two weeks in road matches, the Orange got back on the better end of the win-loss column.

Playing against his brother Jerian with his father Harvey and family in the stands, Syracuse freshman forward Jerami Grant led the team in scoring at the half with 10 points.

He took the most attempts and made the most baskets, going 5-for-6 in the first half.

Grant finished the match with a new single-game high in points for his young career, with 14 points.

Syracuse as a whole matched their makes in the first half by connecting on another 11 attempts in the second half.

Notre Dame only made eight of their tries from the field in the second half.

After leading 10-0 to begin the game, the Orange allowed the Irish 11 straight points to go down by one.

Syracuse junior forward C.J. Fair would immediately make both of his free throw attempts on the team's next possession to take back the lead.

Both teams would bring the game even at 13 for a little over a minute, followed by Syracuse taking back the lead, and keeping it for the final nine minutes of the first half and throughout all of the second half.

The Orange had the lead for all but approximately two of the 40 minutes played.

Fair led three Syracuse players in double-figures, with 18. Grant followed with 14 and sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas with 12.

Two members of the Notre Dame squad advanced into double-digits in points. Jerami's older brother Jerian, a junior guard, finished atop all Irish with 15, followed by senior forward Jack Cooley, who had 10.

Both teams were weak from the outside, combining for 10 made shots out of 35 attempts.

Redshirt-sophomore guard Trevor Cooney was the only member of the Orange to end the game with multiple threes, making two of five.

Jerian Grant made the most for the Irish, connecting on three of five attempts from beyond the arc.

Syracuse had a successful night at the charity stripe, making 15 of 17, while only allotting Notre Dame with 10 opportunities from the foul line, of which they made five.

Fair took almost half of Syracuse's free throw attempts, making seven of eight.

On the glass, the Orange held the advantage over the Irish at halftime, with 14 rebounds to 10.

They doubled that lead in the second half to end the game with an eight-rebound advantage, with 29 total rebounds to 21.

Both teams were successful in minimizing second-chance opportunities, with Syracuse finishing with seven offensive boards and Notre Dame with eight.

The Orange won the assist contest, 16 to 14, with sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams looking more like his non-conference days this season, ending with eight assists. His total of eight helpers was more than the last two game totals combined (four versus Villanova and two against Pittsburgh).

Senior guard Brandon Triche had a good eye for teammates, finishing with six assists of his own.

Syracuse had the lower total in an area of the game where you do not want to lead, with nine turnovers to Notre Dame's 11.

The Orange forced seven steals to three by the Irish.

Defensively, Syracuse also held the advantage in blocks, swatting away seven shots by Notre Dame, who negated four of Syracuse's attempts.

The Grant brothers equaled one another in blocks, with Jerian having all of the Irish negations and Jerami leading the Orange, each with four.

No block was felt more than the final, which came of the hand of Jerami Grant.

With a 63-47 victory, Syracuse rises to 19-3 overall and 7-2 in the Big East Conference, while Notre Dame falls to 18-5 overall and 6-4 in the conference.

The win gives the Orange a 14-0 record inside the Carrier Dome this season and a consecutive home-winning streak of 36 games dating back to the 2010-11 season.

Up next for Orange are the Red Storm of St. John's, of which Syracuse will host on Sunday, February 10th, at 3pm ET.

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