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.