Coming off of its worst stretch of the season, the Louisville men’s basketball team bounced back with a big 90-66 win over Syracuse at the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday night. Louisville improves to 22-5 and 13-3 in the ACC. Syracuse falls to 14-12 and 7-8.
Jordan Nwora led Louisville with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Dwayne Sutton finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Malik Williams added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ryan McMahon scored 13 points and dished out 4 assists. As a team, Louisville 46.9 percent from the field and made 10 of 24 three-point attempts. Louisville got an assist on 23 of its 30 made baskets.
For Syracuse, Buddy Boeheim led the way with 15 points and 3 rebounds. Quincy Guerrier finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elijah Hughes scored 10 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. The Orange finished shooting 38.3 percent from the field and just 26.9 percent from three-point range.
This is the type of win that Louisville desperately needed. Even before the 10-game winning streak, the Cards had only won in true dominating fashion a couple times in conference play. This was the largest margin of victory so far in an ACC win for Louisville. The previous high came in a 20 point win at NC State earlier this month. This is a Syracuse team that Louisville is clearly better than, but Louisville had put up two terrible performances against inferior opponents last week.
We can only hope that this win helps the team move on from the two game losing streak and sets the tone moving forward. On Wednesday night, we saw a focused, intense Louisville basketball squad who knew they were the superior team and acted like it for 40 minutes. We know the ceiling of this team, its up to them to mimic this performance during the remainder of this regular season and beyond.
Louisville stays home for a Saturday afternoon matchup with North Carolina at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN.