Orange slump continues in loss to Louisville

Last-minute defeat creates real crisis at end of season

After Louisville coach Rick Pitino called a timeout, it was the Brooklyn transfer Kevin Ware who drilled a 3 from the top of the key. Southerland, held to one basket in the first half, buried a 3 which restored SU's advantage to 35-33 with exactly 11 minutes remaining.

Now Louisville pressed SU into consecutive turnovers. Southerland lost the ball off the dribble and Triche mishandled the inbounds pass. The Cardinals capitalized as Dieng sank two free throws and Hancock hit a 3-pointer, the Cardinals establishing a 47-40 lead at the 5:35 mark.

Carter-Williams rallied SU once again, scoring six straight points, including four made free throws and a shot that banked off the glass. After Fair missed a corner 3 and was called for a travel, he then proceeded to knock down a 10-foot shot that gave the Orange a 47-46 lead.

On the ensuing possession Smith's free throw knotted the game at 48-48 with only 1:09 to go. Triche missed a baseline lay-up against the 6-foot-9 Dieng, and SU committed another turnover, which led to Hancock's dramatic 3-pointer that put his side ahead for good.

SU might be able to end its skid Wednesday against DePaul, but it’s more crucial to win Saturday’s regular-season finale at Georgetown in order to regain confidence before the crucible of the Big East Tournament and the NCAAs that are sure to follow.

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