Feb. 13, 2012
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Louisville, which had its seven-game winning streak against Syracuse halted on Monday, holds a 13-5 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1964. The Cardinals have a 7-2 advantage in home games against the Orange.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino dropped to 10-8 in his career against Syracuse, including a 7-2 mark with the Cardinals.
The 17 made field goals for the Cardinals are their lowest total of the season and the fewest since making just 15-of-47 from the field in a 52-46 loss to Drexel on Dec. 14, 2010.
The 51 points for Louisville is also the lowest since the loss to Drexel.
The Cardinals finished at 34.7 percent (17-for-49) shooting from the field, their second worst percentage of the season behind only the 32.3 percent (20-for-62) in the loss at Kentucky on Dec. 31.
After entering the game ranked fifth in the nation with 9.4 steals per game, the Cardinals finished with a season-low three steals in the loss. It was their lowest steal-total since managing only three in a 66-60 win at Syracuse on Feb. 14, 2010.
Louisville has allowed 60 points or fewer in 16 of its last 25 home games dating back to last season.
The Cardinals lost for just the third time in 18 games this season when outrebounding their opponent.
Defensively, Louisville held Syracuse to a season-low one made three-point basket in 15 attempts.
U of L dropped to 205-36 when holding its opponent below 70 points over the past 11 seasons under coach Rick Pitino, including 17-3 this season.
Despite going more than 10 minutes of the first half between made field goals, Louisville held a 24-22 lead at the halftime break. After a Peyton Siva three-pointer gave the Cardinals a 12-5 lead with 11:42 left in the first half, Louisville did not make another shot from the field until Jared Swopshire's jumper with 1:31 to play pushed the Cardinals to a 21-20 lead.
Louisville finished the first half with more turnovers (eight) than made field goals (seven).
The seven made field goals in the first half for the Cardinals (on 20 attempts) were their fewest in any half since making just 6-for-23 from the field in the second half of a 55-37 win at Rutgers on Feb. 22, 2011. It was U of L's fewest first half field goals since making 7-of-22 shots in a 62-59 loss at Georgetown on Jan. 31, 2011.
The 24 points in the first 20 minutes were the second lowest first half scoring total of the season for Louisville behind only the 22 against Arkansas State on Nov. 22.
Defensively, the Cardinals held Syracuse to a season-low for points in any half at 22, which surpassed the previous low of 23 in the loss at Notre Dame on Jan. 21.
Freshman forward Chane Behanan led the Cardinals in scoring for the fourth time this season finishing with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. He also added nine rebounds in the loss.
With his four blocked shots on Monday, sophomore center Gorgui Dieng moved into to fourth place on Louisville's single season blocked shots list with 85. He is seven swats behind the third best total of 92 by Pervis Ellison in 1985-86. Ellison also ranks first (102 in 1987-88) and second (98 in 1988-89) on the single season list.
Dieng finished one point shy of his 11th double-double of the season as he closed the night with nine points and 10 rebounds while playing more than 39 minutes.
Aside from Behanan, senior guard Chris Smith was the only other Cardinal scoring in double-figures as he finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting from the field.
Junior guard Peyton Siva scored eight of Louisville's first 13 points before leaving the game with 6:42 left in the first with his third personal foul, and he did not score another point the rest of the night. He also finished with four assists and five turnovers in the loss.
Senior forward Kyle Kuric was limited to just three points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field. It was his second lowest scoring total of the season and only the fourth time in 24 games this season he has been held to less than 10 points.