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Syracuse 70, Louisville 68

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Closing the game with a 13-6 run, No. 6 Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Louisville 70-68 Saturday in the KFC Yum! Center before a record crowd of 22,814.

Louisville (16-2, 4-1 Big East) had taken a 62-57 lead with 7:37 left, but the Cardinals made just one basket the rest of the way as the Orange (17-1, 5-0) rallied. Michael Carter-Williams had two steals, two free throws, a layup, a dunk and a 3-point shot during that span.

Carter-Williams finished with 16 points, getting nine of them in the final 7:22. Brandon Triche led the Orange with 23 points, 18 of which came in the first half, when he hit all seven of his shots, including four 3-pointers. Two other Syracuse players were in double figures, C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant, each with 10 points. Syracuse had a 36-31 rebounding edge but made 16 turnovers while Louisville turned it over only nine times.

Russ Smith led Louisville with 25 points, but he was the only Cardinal in double figures. Center Gorgui Dieng had just four points and missed 4 of 5 shots, and senior point guard and co-captain Peyton Siva had only three points and missed 8 of 9 shots, including 6 of 7 3-point tries. The Cardinals shot only 40.7 percent, including 29 percent in the second half.

The score was tied at 38 at the half. Syracuse got away to an 11-3 lead, but Louisville went on a 16-7 run to go ahead 19-18. The Cardinals then appeared to take control with a 13-7 run to lead 32-25 with 4:21 left in the half. But Triche scored 10 points over the ensuing two minutes, including two 3-point shots, as the Orange tied it at halftime.

NOTES: For the second straight game, Syracuse senior forward James Southerland was ineligible because of undisclosed NCAA sanctions. The 6-8 Southerland was averaging 13.6 points, second on the team, and 5.2 rebounds, third on the team. He hadn't started any games but was fourth on the team in minutes played.
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