Louisville defeats Syracuse in overtime 76-72

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SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Deng Adel #22 of the Louisville Cardinals drives to the basket against the defense of John Gillon #4 of the Syracuse Orange during the second half at the Carrier Dome on February 13, 2017 in Syracuse, New York. Louisville defeated Syracuse 76-72 in overtime. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the SU men’s basketball this season, it’s that the Orange will keep fighting until the final buzzer sounds. 

It appeared as though No.7 Louisville had the win wrapped up on several occasions inside the Dome Monday night, but each time Syracuse found a way to rally. 

In the end though, the magic ran out and the Cardinals escaped with a 76-72 overtime victory.

SU fell behind by seven with under four-and-a-half minutes to go on a Donovan Mitchell three-pointer.  Mitchell would foul out shortly thereafter and Syracuse was able to force overtime thanks to a late three-pointer from John Gillon.

Louisville controlled much of the extra session building an eight-point lead, but again the Orange refused to quit. 

Tyler Roberson was fouled with about three seconds left and had a chance to once again tie the game from the free throw line. 

Roberson missed the first free throw and then intentionally missed the second.  Gillon was able to get the rebound but stepped out of bounds and that sealed SU’s fate.

Andrew White III led SU with 22 points but was just 2-for-14 from three-point range. 

As a team, Syracuse went 8-for-34 from long range.  Tyler Lydon chipped in with 14 points, Gillon and Taurean Thompson both finished with 11.

Louisville had five players score in double figures, led by 16 from Mitchell.

With the loss, SU drops to 16-11 overall and 8-6 in ACC play.  Next up is a trip to Georgia Tech on Sunday.

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