College Sports

Louisville stuns No. 1 Syracuse

A reserve guard that Louisville coach Rick Pitino considers so bashful, he sounds shy even when he yells, made sure to send venerable Freedom Hall out with one more memorable game.

Kyle Kuric scored all of his career-high 22 points in the second half, and the Cardinals stunned No. 1 Syracuse 78-68 on Saturday before a record-crowd of 20,135 at the 54-year-old venue. It was the final game there before Louisville moves into a new downtown arena.

"It's an unbelievable moment," Kuric said. "It's what every kid dreams of."

Kuric may have also assured Louisville (20-11, 11-7 Big East) a return trip to the NCAA tournament by sweeping the regular-season series from the Orange (28-3, 15-3), whose only other loss came against No. 17 Pittsburgh.

"These seniors have never gone to an NIT," Pitino said. "And now they never will."

Although Syracuse led by eight points late in the first half, Kuric was a one-man wrecking crew in the second. He made 9 of 11 shots — including four three-pointers — to make for another happy endi ng at Freedom Hall, which has seen its share of historic games.

"There have been 54 years of great basketball, and for us to come out and beat the No. 1 team is a great going away present for all our fans," senior Edgar Sosa said.

Trailing 42-39 early in the second half, the Cardinals found their inside game with three straight baskets in the paint that gave them the lead for good. Kuric had two of them, a fastbreak dunk and layup.

In a span of just over five minutes, Kuric also had all four of his three-pointers. After his second one, Syracuse's Scoop Jardine immediately answered with a three, so Kuric simply answered right back with another one. Jardine finished with 20 points.

With under four minutes left, it was Kuric's dunk that pushed the Louisville lead to 10, and he got another one on a break that buried the Orange with under two minutes left.

"Everybody that comes off their bench is capable of hitting three or four threes," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "He might be the best at doing that."

Louisville took 40 three-point attempts in the game, making 12 of them — including three by Sosa, who had 12 points.

It was a completely different game in the first half, when Syracuse dominated the paint, getting 26 points there compared to 12 for the Cardinals.

Syracuse took an early 21-20 lead with more than six minutes to go in the first half on a dunk by Rick Jackson, then stretched it to a game-high eight points a couple minutes later after a three-pointer and fastbreak layup by Jardine.

Sosa nailed a three seconds before halftime to make it 35-30 at the break.

Boeheim said Louisville seems to have deciphered the Orange's zone defense, and the players said they were having an off shooting night.

"We just weren't flowing in our offense," Arinze Onuaku said.

Although the Cardinals connected on 46 percent of their shots and the Orange 44 percent, the two were cold from the gate, combining for 11 shots but no points over the opening three minutes. Jerry Smith finally hit consecutive threes for the Cardinals, and later turned in one of the more dazzling plays of the game, grabbing a steal out of midair and cruising the other way to finish with a one-handed dunk.

Smith was sidelined the second half after spraining the thumb on his right hand.

This one had all the pageantry of the final Louisville game in one of college basketball's most storied arenas. The stands were filled long before tipoff, and fans waved towels with glowing red flashlights during player introductions.

SYRACUSE (28-3): Jackson 4-9 2-6 10, Johnson 6-15 5-6 18, Onuaku 7-10 0-2 14, Rautins 1-9 0-0 3, Triche 0-2 1-2 1, Jardine 8-13 2-3 20, Joseph 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 27-62 10-19 68.

LOUISVILLE (20-11): Delk 2-7 0-0 5, Jennings 3-3 0-1 6, Samuels 4-7 4-6 12, Sosa 3-12 0-0 9, Smith 3-7 0-0 8, Knowles 1-7 0-0 3, Siva 1-3 0-0 3, Buckles 0-0 0-0 0, Kuric 9-11 0-0 22, Swopshire 4-6 2-2 10, Marra 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-65 6-9 78.

Halftime—Syracuse 35-30. 3-Point Goals—Syracuse 4-16 (Jardine 2-5, Johnson 1-2, Rautins 1-8, Joseph 0-1), Louisville 12-40 (Kuric 4-6, Sosa 3-11, Smith 2-6, Siva 1-3, Delk 1-5, Knowles 1-6, S wopshire 0-1, Marra 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Syracuse 36 (Jackson 10), Louisville 42 (Samuels 9). Assists—Syracuse 15 (Jardine 6), Louisville 25 (Sosa 10). Total Fouls—Syracuse 11, Louisville 15. A—20,135.

No. 7 Purdue 64, Penn St. 60 — JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Keaton Grant scored 17 as the Boilermakers clinched a share of its first Big Ten title in 14 years.

Purdue (26-4, 14-4) never trailed but held off a late Penn State charge to win their second straight without top forward Robbie Hummel. He's out for the year with a right knee injury.

Purdue led by as much as 13 in the second half before Penn State (11-19, 3-15) closed to 61-60 with 18 seconds left after three foul shots by Chris Babb. He finished with 17 points.

PURDUE (26-4): Johnson 5-8 11-14 21, Kramer 3-5 0-0 6, Grant 6-13 0-1 17, Jackson 1-3 0-0 2, Moore 3-10 2-4 9, Barlow 2-2 0-2 4, Hart 2-4 0-0 5, Bade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 13-21 64.

PENN ST. (11-19): Jackson 1-4 3-4 6, Brooks 5-8 1-1 12, Jones 3-7 0-0 6, Babb 4-11 5-5 17, Battle 6-10 2-4 17, Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Borovnjak 0-1 0-0 0, Frazier 1-4 0-0 2, Woodyard 0-3 0-0 0, Ott 0-0 0-0 0. Tot als 20-49 11-14 60.

Halftime—Purdue 30-22. 3-Point Goals—Purdue 7-20 (Grant 5-10, Hart 1-3, Moore 1-5, Kramer 0-1, Jackson 0-1), Penn St. 9-22 (Babb 4-10, Battle 3-6, Brooks 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Frazier 0-1, Woodya rd 0-2). Fouled Out—Jones. Rebounds—Purdue 30 (Johnson 10), Penn St. 29 (Jones 8). Assists—Purdue 11 (Grant, Jackson 3), Penn St. 12 (Frazier 5). Total Fouls—Purdue 16, Penn St. 15. A—8,865.

No. 10 West Virginia 68, No. 9 Villanova 66, OT — Da'Sean Butler scored 21 points, including the decisive basket with 5.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Mountaineers the win.

Butler also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (24-6, 13-5). His winning drive came after West Virginia had taken possession with 26 seconds left, when ninth-ranked Villanova was forced i nto a 35-second shot clock violation.

Scottie Reynolds, who led the Wildcats (14-6, 13-5) with 17 points, missed an open 3-point attempt from the corner at the buzzer.

WEST VIRGINIA (24-6): Ebanks 4-6 4-4 12, Jones 4-9 0-0 9, Smith 6-10 0-3 15, Butler 3-10 13-14 21, Bryant 1-8 1-2 4, Thoroughman 0-0 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-0 0, Mazzulla 0-1 0-0 0, Jennings 0-0 0-1 0, Pepper 1-5 0-0 3 , Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0, Flowers 0-0 0-0 0, Kilicli 2-3 0-4 4. Totals 21-54 18-28 68.

VILLANOVA (24-6): Redding 3-6 3-4 10, Pena 1-4 2-4 4, Yarou 1-3 0-1 2, Reynolds 5-16 6-8 17, Fisher 2-5 7-8 12, Wayns 0-1 1-2 1, Cheek 3-4 2-3 8, Stokes 3-7 2-2 11, Sutton 0-0 1-3 1, Armwood 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 24-35 66.

Halftime—Villanova 29-16. End Of Regulation—Tied 60. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 8-24 (Smith 3-7, Butler 2-5, Pepper 1-3, Jones 1-3, Bryant 1-5, Mitchell 0-1), Villanova 6-20 (Stokes 3-6, Fis her 1-1, Redding 1-3, Reynolds 1-9, Wayns 0-1). Fouled Out—Bryant. Rebounds—West Virginia 37 (Butler 10), Villanova 36 (Pena, Redding 6). Assists—West Virginia 16 (Bryant 6), Villanova 12 (Fishe r, Reynolds 3). Total Fouls—West Virginia 24, Villanova 24. Technicals—West Virginia Coach, Villanova Coach. A—20,225.

S. Carolina 77, No. 13 Vanderbilt 73 — Devan Downey scored 26 points, including a three-pointer with 1:48 left that broke a 69-all tie in an upset of the No. 13 Commodores.

Sam Muldrow added 20 points as South Carolina (15-15, 6-10 SEC) snapped a six-game skid.

Jermaine Beal finished with 21 for Vandy (23-7, 12-4), which blew a 10-point lead after going cold from the floor for 9:20. A.J. Ogilvy added 15 points, and Jeff Taylor had 13.

SOUTH CAROLINA (15-15): Jackson 4-5 0-1 8, Jefferson 1-4 1-2 3, Muldrow 8-12 4-6 20, Downey 10-21 2-2 26, Raley-Ross 2-8 3-4 7, Spinella 2-3 0-0 4, Galloway 1-4 6-8 9, Steed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 16-23 77.

VANDERBILT (23-7): Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 4-9 5-6 13, Ogilvy 5-8 5-6 15, Beal 5-13 8-10 21, Jenkins 3-7 0-0 9, Tinsley 1-6 0-0 2, Ezeli 0-0 2-3 2, McClellan 1-3 1-1 3, Tchiengang 2-3 4-4 8. Totals 21-49 25-30 73.

Halftime—Vanderbilt 35-27. 3-Point Goals—South Carolina 5-15 (Downey 4-6, Galloway 1-4, Spinella 0-1, Raley-Ross 0-4), Vanderbilt 6-17 (Jenkins 3-6, Beal 3-8, McClellan 0-1, Tinsley 0-2). Fou led Out—None. Rebounds—South Carolina 33 (Muldrow 9), Vanderbilt 28 (Beal 8). Assists—South Carolina 8 (Downey, Jackson, Raley-Ross 2), Vanderbilt 11 (Walker 5). Total Fouls—South Carolina 22, V anderbilt 17. Technicals—Jackson, South Carolina Bench, Ogilvy. A—14,316.

No. 17 Pittsburgh 83, Rutgers 54 — Gilbert Brown scored 19 points, and the Panthers took control early with a 19-2 run that helped them wrap up the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament.

Pitt (24-7, 13-5) was picked to finish ninth in the Big East preseason coaches poll, but now gets a double bye into the conference quarterfinals.

The Panthers turned a 5-3 deficit into a 22-7 lead during their big run, scoring 15 straight at one point while holding the Scarlet Knights (15-16, 5-13) scoreless for nearly 5 1/2 minutes.

RUTGERS (15-16): Miller 1-4 1-3 3, Mitchell 3-7 0-0 7, Ndiaye 1-5 0-2 2, Rosario 4-12 5-5 14, Beatty 2-5 0-0 6, Johnson 4-5 4-6 12, Kuhn 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Coburn 3-3 4-4 10, Okam 0-0 0-0 0, Kokos inski 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 18-44 14-22 54.

PITTSBURGH (24-7): Robinson 1-3 0-0 2, McGhee 2-4 1-2 5, Gibbs 4-6 2-2 13, Wanamaker 4-9 2-5 12, Dixon 4-7 2-2 10, Woodall 2-3 1-1 5, Adams 1-4 1-1 4, Brown 5-10 6-6 19, Taylor 5-8 1-3 11, Rivers 0-1 0-0 0, Mi ller 1-3 0-0 2, Frye 0-1 0-0 0, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 16-22 83.

Halftime—Pittsburgh 40-16. 3-Point Goals—Rutgers 4-16 (Beatty 2-4, Mitchell 1-5, Rosario 1-7), Pittsburgh 9-22 (Brown 3-4, Gibbs 3-5, Wanamaker 2-4, Adams 1-4, Robinson 0-1, Miller 0-1, Wooda ll 0-1, Frye 0-1, Dixon 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Rutgers 24 (Ndiaye 6), Pittsburgh 41 (Robinson 8). Assists—Rutgers 8 (Beatty, Johnson, Miller 2), Pittsburgh 19 (Wanamaker, Woodall 5). To tal Fouls—Rutgers 20, Pittsburgh 18. A—12,508.

No. 19 Georgetown 74, Cincinnati 47 — Six days after being diagnosed with diabetes, Austin Freeman scored 24 points to help the Hoyas clinch a first-round bye in the Big East tournament.

Freeman made 8 of 15 shots, including four 3-pointers, in 30 minutes. Greg Monroe added 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Wright had 16 points for Georgetown (20-9, 10-8).

Freshman Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 23 points for Cincinnati (16-14, 7-11).

CINCINNATI (16-14): Vaughn 0-3 2-2 2, Bishop 1-4 2-4 4, Thomas 2-6 1-4 5, Stephenson 11-17 0-1 23, Gates 3-7 1-2 7, Wright 1-3 1-2 4, Davis 0-3 0-0 0, Wilks 0-0 0-0 0, Toyloy 1-2 0-0 2, Parker 0-4 0-2 0. Totals 19-49 7-17 47.

GEORGETOWN (20-9): Wright 7-15 1-2 16, Monroe 8-12 3-4 19, Freeman 8-15 4-4 24, Clark 4-10 2-2 11, Vaughn 1-2 0-0 2, Thompson 0-5 2-2 2, Sanford 0-1 0-0 0, Dougherty 0-0 0-0 0, Benimon 0-0 0-0 0, Stepka 0-0 0- 0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 12-14 74.

Halftime—Georgetown 29-26. 3-Point Goals—Cincinnati 2-10 (Stephenson 1-1, Wright 1-2, Davis 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Bishop 0-1, Parker 0-2, Vaughn 0-2), Georgetown 6-22 (Freeman 4-7, Wright 1-4, Cla rk 1-6, Monroe 0-1, Sanford 0-1, Vaughn 0-1, Thompson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cincinnati 28 (Stephenson 7), Georgetown 40 (Monroe 15). Assists—Cincinnati 12 (Vaughn 4), Georgetown 15 (Wr ight 4). Total Fouls—Cincinnati 15, Georgetown 11. A—17,054.

No. 20 Temple 70, George Washington 57 — Micheal Eric scored 18 points to help Temple win a share of the Atlantic 10 title and earn the top need in next week's conference tournament.

The Owls (26-5, 14-2) have won the last two conference tournament titles, but coach Fran Dunphy's team won't have to sweat out winning this year to keep playing in March. They'll be in the NCAA field with their best chance to win a game for the first time since 2001.

Joseph Katuka had 13 points for George Washington (16-13, 6-10) and Lasan Kromah had 12.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (16-13): Ware 0-1 2-2 2, Hollis 4-9 1-2 10, Katuka 5-11 3-3 13, Taylor 3-10 1-2 8, Kromah 5-11 0-0 12, Smith 2-6 0-0 4, King 0-2 0-0 0, Cotton 0-0 0-0 0, Bynes 1-2 0-0 2, Pellom 0-0 0-0 0, Edwards 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Opoku 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 23-56 7-9 57.

TEMPLE (26-5): DeLeon 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 6-9 0-0 12, Brooks 6-12 2-2 14, Fernandez 3-9 0-1 7, Guzman 2-3 0-1 6, Moore 4-8 0-0 8, Jefferson 1-2 3-4 5, Randall 0-2 0-0 0, Eric 7-9 4-5 18. Totals 29-54 9-13 70.

Halftime—Temple 30-29. 3-Point Goals—George Washington 4-14 (Kromah 2-6, Hollis 1-2, Taylor 1-2, King 0-1, Smith 0-3), Temple 3-13 (Guzman 2-3, Fernandez 1-4, Moore 0-1, Randall 0-1, Allen 0- 1, Brooks 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—George Washington 32 (Katuka 10), Temple 28 (Eric 6). Assists—George Washington 9 (Kromah, Taylor 3), Temple 19 (Fernandez 5). Total Fouls—George Washington 18, Temple 14. Technical—Katuka. A—6,356.

No. 22 Maryland 74, Virginia 68 — Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, and Maryland made the most of a late technical foul on Virginia coach Tony Bennett to withstand a spirited comeback.

The Terps (23-7, 13-3 ACC) clinched at least a tie for the conference regular season title after the Cavaliers rallied without suspended scoring leader Sylven Landesberg.

With his team trailing 66-65, Bennett was whistled for a technical after he peeled off his jacket in anger. Vasquez made both free throws and Maryland held on.

Jerome Meyinsse led Virginia (14-15, 5-11) with 17 points in his final home game.

MARYLAND (23-7): Milbourne 1-7 3-6 5, Williams 3-8 1-2 7, Hayes 4-7 2-2 11, Mosley 1-3 8-8 10, Vasquez 7-18 4-4 23, Bowie 3-3 0-0 8, Tucker 2-4 1-2 5, Gregory 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 23-55 20-26 74.

VIRGINIA (14-15): Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Tat 0-0 0-0 0, Meyinsse 7-8 3-4 17, Farrakhan 4-9 0-0 8, Baker 0-3 0-0 0, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Sene 0-0 0-0 0, Zeglinski 5-11 0-0 14, Sherrill 4-5 0-0 9, Jones 4-7 4-4 16. Totals 26-49 7-8 68.

Halftime—Maryland 38-27. 3-Point Goals—Maryland 8-18 (Vasquez 5-11, Bowie 2-2, Hayes 1-3, Milbourne 0-1, Tucker 0-1), Virginia 9-20 (Jones 4-6, Zeglinski 4-8, Sherrill 1-2, Farrakhan 0-4). Fo uled Out—None. Rebounds—Maryland 35 (Milbourne 7), Virginia 21 (Zeglinski 6). Assists—Maryland 14 (Hayes, Vasquez 5), Virginia 18 (Evans, Farrakhan 5). Total Fouls—Maryland 14, Virginia 18. Tech nical—Virginia Bench. A—13,431.

No. 25 Xavier 93, St. Bonaventure 72 — Jordan Crawford scored 22 points as Xavier won a share of its fourth straight Atlantic 10 regular-season title.

The Musketeers (23-7, 14-2) share the title with No. 20 Temple, and is the second team in league history to win four straight — Massachusetts got five in a row from 1992-96.

Lone senior Jason Love was honored before the game and had 14 points and nine rebounds.

St. Bonaventure (14-15, 7-9) had been on its best streak of the season, winning four in a row, and Andrew Nicholson led the Bonnies with 21 points.

ST. BONAVENTURE (14-15): Nicholson 9-15 3-4 21, Matthews 6-10 0-0 14, Hall 5-11 1-2 11, Eleby 1-3 0-0 2, Davenport 2-4 0-0 5, Adegboye 3-7 1-2 10, Schichtel 0-0 0-0 0, Conger 2-7 2-5 6, Cook 1-1 0-0 2, Leonard 0-1 0 -0 0, Roseboro 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 29-59 8-15 72.

XAVIER (23-7): McLean 6-9 3-4 15, Love 4-8 6-6 14, Jackson 3-8 2-2 11, Holloway 4-8 0-0 9, Crawford 8-12 4-4 22, Walsh 0-3 0-0 0, Lyons 3-7 3-4 10, Feeney 1-1 0-0 3, Mazza 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor 2-3 0-3 4, Robi nson 0-0 0-2 0, Frease 1-3 1-2 3, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-63 19-27 93.

Halftime—Xavier 44-32. 3-Point Goals—St. Bonaventure 6-13 (Adegboye 3-5, Matthews 2-6, Davenport 1-1, Conger 0-1), Xavier 8-19 (Jackson 3-7, Crawford 2-4, Feeney 1-1, Lyons 1-3, Holloway 1-3, Walsh 0-1). Fouled Out—Cook. Rebounds—St. Bonaventure 31 (Conger 9), Xavier 37 (Love, McLean 9). Assists—St. Bonaventure 16 (Hall 7), Xavier 25 (Holloway 10). Total Fouls—St. Bonaventure 20, Xavier 14. A—10,031.

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