Cards pull away late for big win over Orange

No. 9 Louisville (15-3, 6-0) used a late run to knock out No. 8 Syracuse 67-57 Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The Cardinals now have won seven straight and improved to 6-0 in the Big East with the win over Syracuse (17-4, 5-3).

Trailing by one in the final minutes, Louisville used a late 13-2 run - keyed by forward Earl Clark's three-pointer, to sprint past Syracuse for a seventh straight victory.

After Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf put the Orange ahead 55-54 with 2:55 left, Clark drained a three-pointer to spark the Cardinals down the stretch. Clark scored five of his team-high 16 points in the final two minutes when his team needed it the most. Clark also added 13 rebounds and five assists.

Terrence Williams added 15 points, 9 rebounds and five steals, while junior guard Edgar Sosa contributed 13 points, three assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes against the Orange.


Earl Clark made the key shots late
against the Orange.

The Cardinals came out strong against Syracuse, building a 38-33 halftime lead. Syracuse, playing in front of more than 30,000 fans in the Dome, made several runs at Louisville in the second half and kept the game close for much of the final 20 minutes.

Eric Devendorf led Syracuse with 20 points. Johnny Flynn had 12 points, while Arinze Onuaku added 11 points for the Orange.

Louisville again played smothering defense on offensive-minded Syracuse, holding the Orange to 35 percent shooting, including just 4 of 15 from the three-point line. Syracuse came into the game averaging 80.4 points but were held 23 points below their seasons average by the Cards. Syracuse made just two field goals in the game's final seven minutes.

With Samardo Samuels hampered by foul problems, Louisville got another strong performance from reserve freshman center Terrence Jennings. Jennings played 18 minutes off the bench, connecting on 4 of 6 field goals to finish with 9 points, 5 rebounds and two blocks.

The Cardinals made just 38 percent of their shots, but made eight more field goals, including four more three-pointers, than Syracuse. Louisville had an amazing 19 assists on its 26 baskets.

Now riding a seven game winning streak that includes wins over four Top 25 opponents, the Cardinals return home for three straight games at Freedom Hall.

Louisville will host USF on Wednesday.


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