UofL BASKETBALL | Cards Drop Third Straight Game

02/05/2018 10:09 PM

The Louisville men’s basketball team was hoping to snap a two-game losing streak on Monday night inside the KFC Yum! Center.

Instead, the streak increased to three games.

The Syracuse Orange (16-8, 5-6) were too much for the Cards (16-8, 6-5) as the Orange won 78-73.

Syracuse led for over 30 minutes in the game.

UofL cut it within two with just over four minutes to play, but Syracuse held on to get the win, thanks in part to its free throw shooting, as the Orange went 7-of-9 (77.8%) from the free throw line in the game’s final four minutes.

Louisville just had no answer for the play of Syracuse’s two guards, Tyus Battle and Frank Howard. Battle had a game-high 25 points, while Howard finished with 22 points.

Meanwhile, the Cards were led by forward Ray Spalding, who nearly had a double-double, as he finished with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds.

Louisville’s two other players to score in double-figures were forward Deng Adel and center Anas Mahmoud, who each had ten points.

Louisville struggled behind-the-arc on Monday, shooting only 5-of-21 (23.8%) for the game from three-point range.

The Cardinals will hope to bounce back on Thursday when it hosts Georgia Tech. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET inside the KFC Yum! Center.

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. 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.

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