By Ken Cross
Tyus Battle and Frank Howard propelled an offensive assault by the Syracuse Orange as they scored 25 and 22 points, respectively to lead Syracuse past Louisville, 78-73, on Monday night at the KFC Yum! Center. The Orange shot 47.2 percent from the floor after averaging around 34 percent in their last three games.
Syracuse hit an 8-3 run midway through the first half that saw Oshae Brissett score five of those points to push Syracuse ahead at 25-21 win 7:11 remaining. Brissett complemented the play of Battle and Howard as he scored 16 points and gathered eight rebounds in handing the Cardinals their second home loss in three days and third in a row in six days.
Louisville went on a 12-2 run as the Cardinals got the ball inside the Syracuse zone to Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spaulding and Spaulding’s two free throws with 4:05 remaining knife the Orange lead to 67-65. From there, the Cardinals were reduced to a jump shooting team over the next four minutes as they were 0-of-3 from the field as Quinton Snider missed a pair of jumpers and Deng Adel missed a three.
The Orange scored 20 points off of 11 Cardinals turnovers as Howard and Battle played the full 40 minutes on a short Syracuse bench. Louisville, known as a stellar three-point shooting team, was only 5-of-21 from behind the arc.
Louisville hosts Georgia Tech on Thursday while the Orange are off until Sunday when they rematch with Wake Forest, who defeated them, 73-67, in Winston-Salem earlier this season.