UofL BASKETBALL | #7 Cards Bounce Back with Big Win Over Syracuse

02/26/2017 05:59 PM

The #7 Louisville Cardinals bounced back after Wednesday’s loss at #8 North Carolina by beating the Syracuse Orange 88-68 on Sunday afternoon.

It’s the second time in 13 days that the Cardinals (23-6, 11-5) have beaten the Orange (17-13, 9-8).

The Cards led the Orange in just about every major statistical category by the end of the game.

UofL got out to a fast start, taking a quick 11-2 lead early in the first half before Syracuse came back to take the lead halfway through the first half.

That was a wake up call to the Cardinals, as they took control soon thereafter, jumping out to a 41-25 lead after the first 20 minutes. From there, the Cards were able to bring it home in the second half.

Louisville shot 33-of-58 (56.9%) from the field in the ACC battle, while Syracuse was held to 20-of-56 (35.7%) shooting.

Plenty of Cards contributed to the victory, including guard Donovan Mitchell, who led all scorers with a game-high 25 points. It’s the eighth time this season Mitchell has scored 20 or more points in a game.

Forward Ray Spalding played a major role in the win for UofL, tying a career-high with 18 points. He also hauled in 11 rebounds, giving him his second career double-double.

Deng Adel and Quentin Snider were the other two UofL players to score in double-digits. Adel finished with 17 points, while Snider had 12 points.

Syracuse was led by guard Tyus Battle, who had a team-high 20 points.

Louisville outscored Syracuse 38-22 in the paint, scored 27 points compared to Cuse’s 18 off turnovers and outscored the Orange 24-3 in bench points.

On deck for the Cards are their penultimate regular season game of the year when they travel to Wake Forest. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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