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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Cooney, Orange fight off Irish to stay perfect
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Trevor Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, matching a school record with nine 3-pointers, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Notre Dame 61-55 on Monday night in another matchup of former Big East foes.

Syracuse (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which moved to No. 1 earlier in the day after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night, extended its school record for most consecutive wins to start a season. Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) has lost seven of nine.

Two days after one of the most emotional wins in Boeheim's 38 years as head coach, Syracuse played its first game as the nation's top team since the 2011-12 season. Two years ago, the Orange were unbeaten and ranked No. 1 when they went to South Bend, and Notre Dame upset them 67-58. It didn't happen again Monday night.

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