Louisville Holds Off Late Charge To Take Down No. 2 Syracuse, 66-60
Feb. 14, 2010
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -Samardo Samuels scored all eight of his points during a late surge and Jerry Smith sank a pair of clutch free throws with 17.8 seconds left and Louisville rallied past No. 2 Syracuse 66-60 on Sunday.
Syracuse (24-2, 11-2 Big East), which held off Connecticut 72-67 on Wednesday night after squandering a 16-point lead in the second half, had won 11 straight since a loss to Pittsburgh.
It was the fifth straight win over the Orange for Louisville (16-9, 6-5), which was 0-4 against ranked teams entering the game. Its last win over a ranked team was a 10-point triumph over Syracuse last March.
Samuels scored his first points of the game on a pair of free throws with 7:46 left and followed with a hook off the glass to tie the game at 50. Mike Marra's 3 from the left corner gave the Cardinals a three-point edge and Samuels made a twisting layup through traffic to put Louisville up 55-52 with 5:14 left.
Samuels' dunk off an inbounds pass gave the Cardinals their biggest lead at 59-52 with 3:04 to go.
Six straight free throws by the Orange closed the gap to 62-58 with 64 seconds remaining, but Syracuse was unable to score again after Kris Joseph's slam dunk with 31.9 seconds left made it a two-point game.
Joseph was then called for an intentional foul on Smith, who sank both free throws.
Edgar Sosa and Marra each had 12 points to lead Louisville. Jared Swopshire had 10 points.
Wes Johnson had 14 points, Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku each had 12, and Joseph 10 for the Orange.
Rautins and Scoop Jardine missed 3-pointers in the final seconds and Rakeem Buckles' slam at the buzzer ended the big win for Louisville, which finds itself on the bubble for the NCAA tournament and was in desperate need of a signature win.