Syracuse Stuns Louisville
Syracuse pulled out a much needed 78-73 victory over Louisville on Monday night.
After the Orange led 67-57 with 6:16 remaining, an 8-0 run by the Cardinals cut the Syracuse lead to two with 4:05 to go. The Orange outscored the Louisville 11-6 the rest of the way to hang on for a big win on the road.
After scoring just 44 points against #2 Virginia on Saturday, Syracuse erupted for 39 points in the first half on 48.2% shooting. The Orange finished the game shooting 47.2% from the floor and held the Cardinals to 46.2% from the field. Syracuse outrebounded Louisville 32-31. The Orange forced the Cardinals into 11 turnovers, and committed just 8 of their own to come away with the win.
Ray Spalding led Louisville with 18 points and 9 rebounds off the bench in the losing effort.
Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 25 points, on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe, and 4 rebounds. Frank Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Oshae Brissett finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out. Marek Dolezaj tallied 8 points and corralled 6 rebounds, while Paschal Chukwu added 5 points and 8 rebounds to help the Orange to the win.
Jim Boeheim commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “It was one of the best efforts we’ve ever had, to come in here and get in such foul trouble” Boeheim said. “Our guards stepped it up. Frank made big shots. They got the ball inside and we couldn’t stop it. But we made big plays when we had to. Marek got a great tip. It was everybody.”
With the win Syracuse improved to 16-8 overall, 5-6 in the ACC, while Louisville dropped to 16-8 on the season, 6-5 in conference play.
The Orange return home to take on Wake Forest on Sunday at 1pm. The Demon Deacons are 9-14 overall, 2-9 in the ACC, and are coming off a 75-67 loss to Clemson on Saturday. Syracuse will look to avenge a 76-67 loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC on January 3. Howard led Syracuse with 23 points and 5 assists in the loss, while Bryant Crawford poured in 19 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the Demon Deacons to the win.