The Syracuse Orangemen retained their right to the top spot in the current NCAA Men's Basketball rankings with a 55-61 victory over fellow Atlantic Coast Conference side Notre Dame the evening of Monday Feb. 3, 2014.
With a major performance for his team, Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney scored 33 points to lead the way for their 22nd victory of the year and their ninth straight in conference play.
Although the Fighting Irish made a massive effort in the second half and pulled the game to a much closer one than it was in the first half, they failed to do enough in the opening twenty minutes to give them a true fighting chance.
Garrick Sherman's 16 points and eight rebounds led the way for the Irish and forward Pat Cunningham also put in a shift but it was not enough to challenge the best side in the country at the moment.
With their loss the Irish drop to 12-11 overall and just 3-7 in conference play leaving them adrift in 12th place as they fell below Georgia Tech.
Syracuse now have a six day break until they head to Clemson South Carolina and the the Carrier Dome to face the fifth placed 14-6 Tigers.