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Notre Dame men’s basketball comes up short against Syracuse

NOW: Notre Dame men’s basketball comes up short against Syracuse

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team returned back home on Wednesday night for the first time in 11 days looking for a big win against Syracuse.

The Irish came up short, though, as Syracuse beat Notre Dame 84-82 on Wednesday night at Purcell Pavilion.

“We don’t believe there’s a game we can’t win. The ball has bounced a couple of times the wrong way but we can’t look at that with a negative view. We just have to learn from it, watch more film and then come back on Saturday and hopefully get that win in Tallahassee,” said Irish guard Rex Pflueger after the game.

It was also an emotional night for head coach Mike Brey. His lifelong mentor, friend and Basketball Hall of Famer Morgan Wootten passed away Tuesday at the age of 88.

“A lot of thoughts are running through my mind today. Obviously coach was very ill. I might get a text from heaven tonight, ‘Mike remember the one-on-one drills we did where you keep your man in front’ I may get that tonight,” Brey said.

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