Cooney then hit a 3-pointer, and Christmas again tallied from down low to push the margin to 43-28 with 11:03 remaining.
"I was worried about their guards,'' Brey said. "Their front line did damage to us.''
NOTES: Brey is tied with former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca for fourth place on the Big East's career wins list at 139. Brey is one of 10 coaches in league history with 100 conference wins. ... Notre Dame's senior class needs eight victories to become the program's winningest class. The class of 2011 compiled 96 victories. ... Syracuse holds a 25-19 edge in its series with Notre Dame, but the Irish won last year's game in South Bend, 68-57. The Orange played that game without center Fab Melo, who was academically ineligible. On Monday night, Syracuse played without another big man, center DaJuan Coleman, who is out about a month after undergoing left knee surgery. Orange forward James Southerland also sat out, missing his fifth game in a row because of an eligibility issue.