by Josh Adams
New York City Bureau
Peyton Siva won his 2nd Big East Tournament MVP/
A tale of two halves happened at Madison Square Garden Saturday Night, and the final Big East Championship Trophy will now have a permanent place in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Syracuse Orange 78-61 behind a 29-5 run in the second half.
The final was the dream match-up everyone seemed to want. On one side you had perennial Big East contender, the Syracuse Orange with Jim Boeheim. On the other side was a Louisville team that played with All-American candidates Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng and had a coach with a Big East pedigree in Rick Pitino.
It was a heavyweight bout in the final go around for the conference, with Syracuse winning the first few rounds handily behind the play of C.J. Fair and the red hot James Southerland, who set the Big East Tournament three point record with 19 made in the four games. The Orange went into halftime up 35-22.