One of the things that makes Notre Dame such a dangerous offensive team is how many weapons they have at their disposal. In any given game, one or two of them can go off and carry the Irish to victory. Against Syracuse on Saturday, it was V.J. Beachem's turn.
Beachem turned in a marvelous performance, taking advantage of a subpar defensive performance from the Orange. While Syracuse was failing to rotate properly and keep their hands up in proper defensive position, Beachem was knocking down nearly even open shot, moving off the ball and even creating his own scoring opportunities.
It was a career afternoon for the senior forward. He scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and even blocked two shots.
Beachem did it inside and out. Whether it was spotting up from the outside and hitting shots off of kick-outs from his teammates, finding openings off the ball along the baseline, or creating his own shot off the dribble in the lane, Beachem did it all for the Irish.
Overall, he made 12 of his 22 attempts, including 6-10 from beyond the arc. His efforts helped Notre Dame top Syracuse 84-66 as the Irish improved to 17-3 (6-1) and sit atop the ACC in a tie with North Carolina.
For Syracuse, defense has been a consistent problem all season. Beachem is the latest individual to put up monster numbers against the Orange. That happens when you fail to identify shooters and routinely give up open looks.