Notre Dame hands No. 1 Syracuse first loss of season

Syracuse might not have had Fab Melo on the court for Saturday's contest against Notre Dame, but it lacked much more than him.

Doomed by a slow start and scoring struggles in the second half, the top- ranked Orange dropped a 67-58 decision to the Irish and saw their 20-game winning streak come to an end.

Jack Cooley scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Notre Dame (12-8, 4-3 Big East), which earned the eighth victory against the No. 1 team in school history.

Syracuse (20-1, 7-1) made a late charge, but couldn't overcome a deficit that was still in double digits with five minutes to play. The loss means only one undefeated Division I team remains -- Murray State.

The Orange, whose 20-0 start was the best in school history, did not have Melo for unspecified reasons, announcing only that he would not be with the team for its current road trip.