Instant Juice: Syracuse 58, Louisville 49

A quick take on Syracuse’s 58-49 win against Louisville:

WHAT HAPPENED: Syracuse trailed 15-9 with 11:46 left in the first half after Chane Behanan made a jumper. From there, the Orange would go on a 17-1 run with seven of those points coming from James Southerland. SU went into halftime up 26-19 and took a commanding 15 point lead after Brandon Triche went on a personal 8-0 run out of the break. The lead would balloon to 19 points before the Orange went scoreless from the 8:39 mark to 2:32 left as the Cardinals closed to within 50-40. But Triche hit four consecutive free throws to stop the run, and Syracuse put the game away from there. The Orange improved to 30-1 on the season, sending a monstrous crowd of 33,205 (fifth largest in Dome history) home happy.

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ANALYSIS: The Orange won this game with its defense. Louisville shot just 32.8 percent from the field and was 2-for-21 (9.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, SU got out in transition, with 17 fastbreak points, while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 8-for-20 from downtown. Still, SU committed an uncharacteristically high 15 turnovers, for a -1 margin, and was outrebounded 40-32.

HERO: In his final game at the Carrier Dome, Kris Joseph had 11 points and four rebounds. Brandon Triche had a game-high 18 points, while Dion Waiters chipped in 13. Behanan led the Cardinals with 10 points.

ZERO: Gorgui Dieng was just 3-for-13 fromthe field for six points, but he did have 12 rebounds. Scoop Jardine didn’t score in his final game at home, missing all four of his shots.

WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse, the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament, has a double-bye into the quarterfinals, and will play at noon at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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