NCAAB Game Recap - Syracuse at Louisville
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Feb 19, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Syracuse (14-12)

34

32

66

(11) Louisville (22-5)

41

49

90

No. 11 Louisville routs Syracuse 90-66 to end 2-game slide
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Consecutive losses prompted Louisville’s captains to conduct a players-only meeting to sort things out.

That discussion obviously put the No. 11 Cardinals on the same page in many phases considering how they handled Syracuse.

Jordan Nwora scored 17 points, Dwayne Sutton added 16 and Louisville routed the Orange 90-66 on Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

The Cardinals (22-5, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed the Orange after losses at Georgia Tech and Clemson dropped them six spots in the rankings and out of the conference lead. They stretched a 41-34 halftime lead to double digits early in the second half before an 18-2 run made it 69-44.

Louisville finished with a season high total in ACC play and a 28-point improvement after losing 77-62 last weekend to the Tigers.

“I think the two biggest things that we took away (from the meeting) were that we needed to come out and play with a lot more energy and urgency,” said Louisville guard Ryan McMahon, who made 4 of 10 from long range for 13 points. “And then, play a lot more together on the offensive and defensive end just as a unit.”

Nwora shot just 5 of 18 from the field and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc but regrouped from scoring just seven points the past two games. Louisville shot 47% with 10 3-pointers and controlled the boards 45-36.

Sutton got things going with the first of his three 3-pointers on four attempts before McMahon followed with consecutive 3s. Sutton also grabbed eight rebounds.

Malik Williams had 14 points while matching a career high with 13 rebounds in his first start this season. Steven Enoch had 10 and five rebounds off the bench.

"“They won tonight's game with their attitude and mentality,” said Cardinals coach Chris Mack, whose team dished out a season-high 23 assists and committed just 10 turnovers.

“They're playing for one another. The way we executed against Syracuse's zone was one big factor of getting the shots that we got.”

Buddy Boeheim had 15 points and Quincy Guerrier 14 for Syracuse (14-12, 7-8), which shot 38% and lost its fifth in six games. The Orange made just 11 of 33 after the break.

“The reason we aren't winning at the end of games is we are not good enough," said coach Jim Boeheim, who was called for a technical foul in the second half. "Sometimes that's the case. In effect we've played better at the end of games and won those games.

"This group is trying. We just haven't been good enough. Tonight was a prime example of that.”

MORE BOEHEIM

The Hall of Fame coach closed his postgame availability with a rant about statistical services such as KenPom.com breaking down areas such as how much a team beats a certain player in a certain defense.

“Craziest thing, I have never heard this until this year,” he added “I've been in this a long time. I think I know a little bit about this game. I never heard, 'Well, this guy is 25% responsible for this case, this guy's 35%.' Are you kidding me? I'm telling you, I can get a kindergartener who could tell you better than they can tell you.”

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: After losing four of their last five by a total of 17 points, the Orange stayed within reach in the first half. Things steadily slipped away in the second as they struggled to limit Louisville’s offensive options, especially from long range. Bourama Sibide (five rebounds, two points) fouled out with 10 minutes left, leaving them more vulnerable inside against the Cardinals.

Louisville: After shooting 34% and 35% respectively in the two losses, the Cardinals were patient and worked the ball around Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 zone defense for looks. They initially succeeded from deep with Sutton and McMahon before working it down low for chances. Nwora struggled from deep despite good looks but created chances elsewhere.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: Hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday in search of a season sweep of the Yellow Jackets. The Orange won the first meeting 97-63 in December.

Louisville: Hosts struggling North Carolina on Saturday. The Cardinals won last season 83-62 in Chapel Hill before the Tar Heels answered by winning the next two, including 83-70 in the ACC Tournament.

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Leaders

Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Belbey 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Washington 0 0 1 1 0 0
Louisville PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Perry 0 0 1 1 1 0

Team Comparison

Syr Lou
Points For 66 90
Field Goals 23/60-38% 30/64-47%
Three Pointers 7/26-27% 10/24-42%
Free Throws 13/18-72% 20/29-69%
Offensive Rebounds 8 12
Defensive Rebounds 28 33
Rebounds 37 46
Blocks 5 1
Steals 5 7
Turnovers 13 10
Personal Fouls 19 16
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Lou Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 19 Syr 66 @ Lou 90 B. Sidibe 2 K. Oddo 2

Game Information

Stadium: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 16,428
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