Orange slump continues in loss to Louisville

Last-minute defeat creates real crisis at end of season

C.J. Fair, SU's most consistent player over the last five games, posted 19 points and six rebounds. James Southerland added 13 points and Carter-Williams had 11 points, but committed six turnovers.

SU out-rebounded Louisville 41-36, but still lost, mainly because it again shot poorly from the field at 20-for-56 for 35.7 percent. The Cardinals held a 16-9 advantage on points off turnovers and made a higher percentage of free throws than the Orange did.

The last time SU played Louisville back in mid-January, Brandon Triche had 23 points and the Orange, without Southerland at the time, won. In the rematch, though, Triche's scoring slump and shooting woes continued which led to another very frustrating day.

Triche scored only eight points on two-for- 11 shooting from the field and missed all three attempts from beyond the arc. The Orange's starting point guards were a combined 5 of 21 overall and Triche had a game-high seven turnovers.

“We can't have him (Triche) play this way,”said Syracuse head Jim Boeheim. “He works his tail off. He is a good teammate. He wants to win, but I do not like the way he is playing right now. I do not like the way we are playing. We need to get something offensively.”

The first half was a contest not played at a high level. Both teams struggled to score and shot miserably from the floor.

After Fair's follow up conversion that barely rolled in, the Cardinals ended the half with a mini 6-0 run as they built a 23-19 halftime lead. The 19 points SU scored was a season-low.

The second half was more far more entertaining and played at a much higher level, a direct contrast to the sluggish opening 20 minutes.

SU made five consecutive shots as Fair started the rally with a baseline jumper. Then Carter-Williams threw down a powerful dunk and Southerland capped off the run with monster jam after a terrific feed from Triche. Syracuse pulled ahead 30-28 as the crowd roared.

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