LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tyus Battle had 25 points and fellow guard Frank Howard added 22 and shorthanded Syracuse beat Louisville 78-73 on Monday night at KFC Yum! Center.
Battle shot 7 of 15 from the field and made all 11 attempts from the free throw line to help the Orange (16-8, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Howard also went 7 of 15 from the field with three 3-pointers, while Oshae Brisett ended with 16 points and eight rebounds in the win for Syracuse, which never trailed in the final 28:58.
“This was our best win in a long time,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after the win.
“We need to get wins. I told them after the (Virginia) game the other night, we have eight games left. Our season will be determined by what we do in these eight games.”
Boeheim added: “We’ve let a couple slip away [and] this [win] makes up for some of those. Every game is going to be like this.
“We’re going to have tough games every game now. This was a good start.”
Ray Spalding had 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds to lead the way for Louisville.
Deng Adel scored 10 points with eight rebounds and five assists and Anas Mahmoud ended with 10 points and six boards the Cardinals, who made just 5 for 21 from 3-pointers.
Louisville, which was suffering back-to-back home losses, has dropped three straight and four in the last five games, while the team is also struggling defensively over the last few games, allowing teams to shoot over 45 percent during the skid.
“We haven’t played very well these last couple games, and it’s 100 percent up to me as the head coach to get it figured out,” said interim coach David Padgett. “We will.”
“We’ll get it figured out, we’re just in a little bit of a rut right now,” added Padgett. “We have to play ourselves out of it, nobody’s going to do it for us, nobody’s going to hand it to us, we’ve just got to get a few things figured out.
“Obviously, defensively we’ve got to get some things figured out. We’ve allowed four straight teams now to shoot over 45 percent.”
Syracuse returns to action Sunday against Wake Forest at the Carrier Dome.
Louisville takes on Georgia Tech to wrap up a three-game homestand on Thursday evening.