SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Some fans began piling out of the Dome with 45 seconds left in overtime. The University of Louisville held an eight-point lead, their greatest advantage since the first half.
Andrew White landed a shot from deep, making it 71-66 in favor of the Cardinals. Louisville would go one to make a few free throws but White, seconds later, gets fouled attempting another three. He makes every shot. The deficit was only two, 74-72.
With a foul on Tyler Roberson, Syracuse had a chance to tie it up with three seconds to go. But, it ended there for the Orange.
Neither one went in for Roberson and the only shot Syracuse was able to get off before the final buzzer was a hail Mary from John Gillon from across the court.
The Syracuse men's basketball team overcame an early 14-point deficit and forced overtime, only to fall to the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals 76-72 Monday night in the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse drops its sixth ACC game this season. The Orange’s record now stands at 8-6 against conference foes, 16-11 on the season. Louisville strengthens its record to 21-5 overall, 9-4 in ACC play.
The greatest advantage the Cardinals had over the Orange was at the 5:54 mark in the first half—14 points. But, an 11-1 run took Syracuse into the half. By the time 20 minutes were in the books, the deficit was just four, 29-25.
The Orange gained their first lead of the night just over seven minutes into the second half after a Taurean Thompson layup made it 37-36—the first of eight lead changes.
Gillon put up a three that would end up propelling his team into overtime. He had made just one shot before that—a three-pointer in the first half.
But, the final lead change swung in favor of the Cards with three minutes to go in overtime, which solidified the devastating loss for the Orange.
White racked up a team-leading 22 points but suffered his worst shot percentage (29.2 percent) since the team played Georgetown (27.3 percent) back in December. However, he kept his 20-points-per-game streak alive for the seventh game in a row.
Thompson had no baskets in the first half but had 11 points when those last 15, critical minutes were up. Tyler Lydon contributed both on offense and defense. He racked up 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. He also had three steals and four assists.
The SU defense keeps the Louisville's leading scorer, sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell, to just 16 points. But, the Orange were out-rebounded, 46-38, and just barely out-shot, 41.9 percent (26-62) to 40 percent (26-65).
The Cards missed 14 of their 30 shots from the line (53.3 percent), their second-lowest percentage of the season. The Orange, however, were unable to capitalize on those errors. Syracuse was 80 percent (12-15) from the line.
There are four games to go in the regular season for the Orange, two of them against top-10 opponents. They will face Georgia Tech Sunday at 6:30 at the Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, G.A. before taking on their ACC rival, No. 12 Duke, the following Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.