Louisville didn't do anything special except hang around as long as Syracuse let it this afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Coming off what coach Rick Pitino described as his team's "worst game of the year" in Thursday's loss to St. John's, the Cardinals regrouped to hand the Orangemen (24-2, 11-2 Big East) only their second loss of the season by a 66-60 score.
Basically, Louisville (16-9, 7-5) played Syracuse even and pulled it out in the final minute. Orange star Wesley Johnson, who was the game's high scorer with 14 points, actually had a bad game, making only five of his 20 shot attempts. Trailing 62-60 with 24 seconds left, Johnson missed a layup that would have tied the game, and the Cardinals then made their foul shots to pull off the upset.
Edgar Sosa and Mike Marra each had 12 points for the Cardinals, and Jared Swopshire and Preston Knowles added to a balanced attack with 10 points each. Neither team shot especially well, but Louisville was just a little better from three-point range (9 of 30) than Syracuse (5 of 19).
The win should put Louisville back in solid contention for an NCAA berth, and the Orangemen still should be among the leading contenders for a No. 1 seed. But it just goes to show that anyone can be beaten even by a middling opponent on an off day.