Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/3/13
Behind Russ Smith’s 18 points and Gorgui Deing’s 14 rebounds the Cards beat 12th ranked Syracuse for their fifth straight victory. Louisville struggled shooting the ball finishing 36% from field goal range, 34.8% from 3pt range and an abysmal 58.3% from the free throw line. Luke Hancock provided four three-point shots on five attempts at what almost seemed to be choreographed perfect situations to help the Cards put away the Orange. Cards were the leader in points off turnovers (16-9) and bench points (22-13) while the Orange led points in the paint (18-14), second chance points (7-5) and fast break points (9-6). Gorgui Dieng recorded his eighth double/double in 22 games this season finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds while rounding out his day with three assists, two blocks and two steals. Head Coach Rick Pitino found some comfort through the backside of the second half with Peyton Siva on the bench and Kevin Ware joining Russ Smith in the backcourt. In his second ...
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