The Orange didn't receive much production outside of senior guard Trevor Cooney, who scored a game-high 19 points on five 3-pointers.
Here are my four takeaways from the loss:
1. Down, but not out: Yes, it was a tough loss on Wednesday evening, especially after winning 8 of 9, including their last five games. But, Louisville is very good. In fact, the Cardinals have only lost once this season at the KFC Yum! Center. If Louisville didn't self-impose a postseason ban this season, you better believe they would make a splash in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament. We saw how explosive they can be last night.
2. Coleman's second foul: Everything was going well for the Orange until Dajuan Coleman picked up his second personal foul with 13:01 to play in the first half. At the time, Syracuse led Louisville 10-4 and Coleman already had four rebounds (one offensive). After his second foul, Louisville outscored the Orange 24-17 to close out the first half, which ultimately led to a 14-point victory. Chinanu Onuaku led the Cardinals with 13 points and 15 rebounds. He manhandled Tyler Lydon all night long, who was simply undersized and outworked.
3. Freshmen: Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon scored 16 points on a combined 4-for-16 shooting. They also had four turnovers and five missed free throws in what was a rare struggle for the two on the same night. They were 2-for-9 from 3-point range, as well. SU head coach Jim Boeheim didn't seem worried after the game, saying the two had the same shots they've had all season, they just didn't fall on Wednesday. Frank Howard had a team-high six assists in the loss. He's looking more and more like the future point guard of the program each time he takes the floor.
4. 18-6, 66-40: After getting out to an early 18-6 lead in the first half, Syracuse was outscored 66-40 in the remaining 29:53. Coleman's second foul directly relates to Louisville's inside success, which exposed freshman Tyler Lydon. It was a game of runs last night, as it normally is, and the Orange fell on the wrong side of a massive U-of-L run.
Honorable mention: Syracuse shot 21 free throws on Wednesday night, but made just 12 of them for a percentage of 57. The Cardinals scored 50 points in the paint to SU's 20, but only shot two free throws. That's almost unheard of.