Chris Jones-less Cardinals are out of sync in loss to Syracuse

02/18/2015 09:43 PM

The Cards really seemed to miss suspended guard Chris Jones. The senior, who stayed back in Louisville, could only watch helplessly as his teammates looked out of sync in a 69-59 loss at Syracuse. It is UofL’s second straight defeat when leading at halftime, and the team’s first losing streak of the season.

With Jones out of the line-up, the Cardinals were looking for help from someone else. However nobody really stepped up, especially in the second half when the Orange outscored the Cards by 11 points. Senior Wayne Blackshear fouled out of the game with zero points to show for his efforts. Terry Rozier led the Cards with 17, but he only made 6 of his 18 shots. Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 9 rebounds, but the junior also missed 6 of 9 free throws. Freshman Quentin Snider, who started in place of Jones, wound up with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, with 4 assists.

The ‘Cuse were led by Rakeem Christmas who had his way with the UofL big men. The senior scored a game high 29 points, with 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. The loss drops the 12th ranked Cards to 20-6 overall, 8-5 in the ACC. Syracuse improves to 17-9, 8-5. Louisville’s next game is Saturday at 2pm, back in the YUM Center, when the Cards host Miami.


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