SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Dwayne ''Pearl'' Washington scored a game-high 20 points and Rafael Addison added 17 Saturday as sixth-ranked Syracuse defeated Notre Dame 65-62 in a non- conference college basketball game.

The lead changed hands five times in a hard-fought second half that also saw eight ties. David Rivers and Ken Barlow led the Irish offense with 16 points each.

Fouls hurt Notre Dame late in the game, and Syracuse hit nine of 12 from the free-throw line, including three by Addison in the closing minute after the Irish tied for the last time at 56-56 on a field goal by Donald Royal.

Addison led the Orangemen, 16-4, with six points in a 13-4 scoring burst to open the second half and give Syracuse a 39-35 lead after trailing 31-26 at the intermission.

Notre Dame, 13-6, battled back to tie at 47 by tallying six points in a 22- second blitz powered by two steals. The Irish then took a brief lead on a field goal by Scott Hicks.

In a cold-shooting first half, Notre Dame hit 12 of 28 shots from the field and Syracuse made only nine of 27. Addison, who leads the Orangemen with an 18.2-point season average, scored his first field goal with only 1:11 remaining before halftime.

The Irish took the lead, 19-18, on the second of two free throws from Hicks in the middle of a streak in which Notre Dame outscored Syracuse 12-2. Notre Dame's biggest lead was at 27-20 before Syracuse closed within five at halftime.