By Sam Draut–
Coming off of two consecutive road losses to Duke and Notre Dame, Louisville hosts Syracuse on Wednesday night and looks to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2013. Head coach Rick Pitino announced earlier in the week that sophomore forward Anas Mahmoud would miss the remainder of the season with an ankle sprain. Pitino added that he wants to play freshmen Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel more minutes in preparation for next season.
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Starting five- Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku, Donovan Mitchell, Damion Lee and Quentin Snider.
Mitchell is replacing Trey Lewis in the lineup. It’s the freshman’s fifth start this season, his first since Jan. 20 against Florida State.
15:56 first half- Syracuse leads Louisville 5-2. Poor start offensively for Louisville, a few bad possessions and poor shooting (1 of 7 from the field). Lewis and Ray Spalding are checking into the game after the media timeout.
11:02 first half- Syracuse leads Louisville 13-6. Syracuse’s 2-3 zone is hampering any offense by Louisville as the Cardinals are shooting 3 of 13 from the field. Additionally, Louisville has six turnovers leading to four Syracuse points.
7:45 first half- Syracuse leads Louisville 18-12. Louisville fell behind 18-6 before Snider and Lewis made back-to-back three-pointers to close the deficit to six points. Spalding picked up his second foul in the segment and will probably sit the remainder of the first half.
3:24 first half- Syracuse leads Louisville 21-19. Snider picked up his first foul on the previous possession. Louisville has been able to get quality shots in transition, Syracuse hasn’t been able to get set in its zone on a few of Louisville baskets. David Levitch entered in the game near the five minute mark and hit a three-pointer from the wing to cut the deficit to two points.
1:39 first half- Syracuse leads Louisville 27-23. Trevor Cooney hit his third three-pointer to extend the Syracuse lead. Pitino calls a timeout.
Halftime- Louisville leads Syracuse 28-27. Lewis hits a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Louisville its first lead of the game. Cardinals trailed by 12, still struggling from the field after the rough start, 12 of 31. Lewis has eight points. Matz Stockman may have been the biggest surprise in the first half. The sophomore had six points on 3 of 5 shooting and displayed a few nice moves in the post.
16:01 second half- Louisville leads Syracuse 38-32. Onuaku with a thunderous dunk on an assist from Mitchell. Syracuse calls a timeout after Louisville takes its largest lead of the game.
11:28 second half- Louisville leads Syracuse 49-40. Lee hit another three-pointer, his third of the second half. He has a team-high 15 points. Onuaku picked up his first personal foul with 13 minutes left, he played 20 minutes before picking up his first personal foul, it has been awhile since he has stayed out of foul trouble for this long.
8:10 second half- Louisville leads Syracuse 60-46. Pitino calls a timeout. Onuaku has been a force in the low-post over the past few minutes. The sophomore is up to 11 points and 14 rebounds.
3:35 second half- Louisville leads Syracuse 68-49. Lee found Mitchell on a fast-break for an incredible alley-oop dunk.
Final: Louisville defeats Syracuse 72-58. Onuaku finishes with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Lee scores 15 points.