March 17, 2013
Louisville Postgame Notes
Louisville 78, Syracuse 61
March 16, 2013
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. (20,057)
With the win:
The Cardinals won their second-straight BIG EAST Championship and third in the last five years.
Louisville has won seven-straight games in the BIG EAST Championship, tying for the third-longest winning streak in tournament history. Georgetown won seven in a row between 1984-86 and Connecticut had seven straight from 2011-12.
Louisville overcame the largest deficit in a BIG EAST Championship title, surpassing a 13-point margin at the break (35-22) to outscore Syracuse 56-26 in the second period for the win.
Louisville’s 56 second-half points is an impressive feat, but it’s only the second-most points in a half by the Cardinals this season. The Cardinals scored 59 against Memphis (Dec. 15, 2012) in the second half. Louisville also eclipsed the 50-point mark in a half against Manhattan, totaling 51 against the Jaspers on Nov. 11, 2012.
Both of the Cardinals’ victories against Syracuse in the BIG EAST Tournament have come in the title match (2009, 2012).
Louisville’s victory was the seventh tournament title captured by a No. 2 seed and first since 2004.
Head coach Rick Pitino picked up his 14th career victory in the BIG EAST Championship - 13 at Louisville and one at Providence - to give him sole possession of fourth on the league’s all-time chart. He passed P.J. Carlesimo, Rollie Massimino, and John Thompson III with the win.
Louisville converted 20-of-27 free throws in the second half, tying for the second most in a period this season. The Cardinals knocked down 27 free throws against Memphis (Dec. 15, 2012) and 20 against St. John’s (Feb. 14, 2012).
Louisville’s defense forced Syracuse into 20 turnovers, the most by the Orange this season. It is the 13th time this season Louisville has forced an opponent into 20 or more turnovers in a game.
Louisville has recorded double-digit steals in seven BIG EAST Tournament contests to date, with its highest output being 16 steals against Providence in 2009.
Steals Opponent Date
11 Syracuse 3/16/13
11 Notre Dame 3/15/13
12 Villanova 3/14/13
14 Marquette 3/08/12
15 Syracuse 3/14/09
12 Villanova 3/13/09
16 Providence 3/12/09
The Cardinals made their fewest shots in a half this season (6), while attempting the most (26) in the opening period.
Louisville scored its fewest points in the opening period this season, registering just 22.
Syracuse hit the most 3-pointers in a half (6) by a Louisville opponent this season. The Orange also grabbed 24 rebounds, the most by a Cardinal opponent in the opening period this season.
The Cardinals have now connected on double-digit free throws in 15 games this season.
Peyton Siva was named the recipient of the Dave Gavitt Trophy, the BIG EAST Tournament most valuable player. Siva becomes only the second to achieve the feat in consecutive years, with Patrick Ewing (Georgetown; 1984-85) reaching it first.
Along with Siva, Russ Smith also was named to the six-member BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 20, going 7-of-13 from the field. Fourteen of his points came in the second half.
Peyton Siva scored 11 points, marking the ninth-straight BIG EAST Tournament game that he has registered double-figure points.
Siva totaled four steals to give him 29 for his career in the BIG EAST Tournament, breaking the career mark that was previously held by Pittsburgh’s Brandin Knight (28; 2000-03).
Gorgui Dieng nearly totaled a triple double, totaling nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists, a career best.
Dieng swatted one shot in the game to give him 68 for the season. Despite playing in just 27 games this year, that mark ranks 10th on the single-season chart. He needs just one more to tie Felton Spencer (1989-90) for ninth most in a single season.
Siva and Dieng each totaled eight assists, marking the first time this season a pair of teammates have registered at least eight assists in the same game.