Louisville 76, Syracuse 71
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—Terrence Williams scored 11 points—including back-to-back 3-pointers with just over two minutes to play—to lift Louisville to a 76-71 win over Syracuse Saturday.
Louisville guard Edgar Sosa led all scorers with 19 points and the Cardinals held Syracuse to one field goal in the game’s final nine minutes to spoil Orange coach Jim Boeheim’s 1,000th game.
Eric Devendorf had 18 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse (15-6, 4-3 Big East), but the Orange turned the ball over 17 times and allowed a 14-point lead to slip away.
Syracuse led 65-51 following a dunk by Terrence Roberts with 9:40 to play, but Louisville (15-6, 5-2) rallied behind Juan Palacios and Williams.
Palacios scored all nine points in the final nine minutes, including a jumper from the right elbow that pulled Louisville within 68-66.
The teams each made a free thrown, then Williams took over. He missed seven of his first eight 3-pointers, but then knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to give Louisville a 70-69 lead. Syracuse’s Demetris Nichols then missed a jumper from the foul line, and Williams followed with another 3-pointer, this one from the top of the key, to cap the comeback.
Roberts finished with 16 points and nine rebounds and Nichols added 15 points and six boards, but the Orange turned the ball over eight times in the second half.
Boeheim became the 22nd coach in Division I history to coach 1,000 games, and the seventh to coach at least 1,000 games at the same school. The defeat dropped his career record to 741-259 and he remains tied with former Temple coach John Cheney for 14th on the all-time Division I career wins list.