Ryan McMahon and Anas Mahmoud had huge overtimes for the University of Louisville on Monday night.
It wasn't the typical duo to lead the Cardinals to a victory but the two keyed a 76-72 victory over Syracuse on Monday night before a rocking crowd in the Carrier Dome.
The Cardinals scored 10 consecutive points in overtime, including five straight from Mahmoud, and McMahon scored all seven of his points in the extra period after Donovan Mitchell had fouled out.
Mitchell led the Cardinals with 16 points, while Quentin Snider had 14 for the Cardinals.
The victory sends U of L (21-5) into a tie for second place in the ACC with a 9-4 record.
MVP of the game
After a few poor performances, Anas Mahmoud was very good against the Orange.
Mahmoud had 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two turnovers, one assist and just one turnover in 24 minutes.
He scored five in a row in overtime and just played an all-around solid game.
Another MVP nod
McMahon only played five minutes but his contributions were huge.
He hit a three-pointer and scored his first two-point basket of the season off his first offensive rebound of the year. He also made two free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.
McMahon was 2 of 3 from the field, including 1 of 2 from three-point range.
*****The win for U of L was the 1,799th in the school's history, moving them into 10th place all time. The win pushed U of L past Indiana.
*****The Cardinals, who shot 11 of 23 in the first half, went just 11 of 32 in the second for 26 of 62 from the game. U of L was 8 of 25 from three-point range and just 16 of 30 from the free-throw line.
*****U of L won the battle on the boards 48-36 and had 15 offensive rebounds.
A few leftovers
*****Mitchell led the way with 16 but the Cardinals had five players in double figures, including 11 from Deng Adel and 10 by Jaylen Johnson.
*****Mahmoud and McMahon were the only two players off the bench to score for the Cardinals.
*****The Cardinals held Syracuse to 8 of 34 from three-point range.
*****Mangok Mathiang did get the start and finished with five points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.
*****Snider led the Cardinals with six assists and played 43 minutes in his second game back from the hip injury.
U of L coach Rick Pitino:
"To shoot 16 of 30 from the foul line and still win the game in overtime with your best player fouling out is quite a tribute to their toughness."
Up next . . .
Louisville will now get another five-day break before hosting Virginia Tech (17-7, 6-6) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Hokies beat Virginia on Sunday night but lost Chris Clarke to a season-ending knee injury. Clarke averaged 11 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Virginia Tech plays Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.