With James Southerland out (suspended indefinitely), Syracuse went into #1 Louisville needing some big performances. They got them from Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams. Triche had a team-high 23 points, and held Syracuse together for large stretches of the game.
Michael Carter-Williams had an uneven game with eight turnovers, but also some of the bigger plays of the game–a three right before the half, a three pointer to give Syracuse the lead with about three minutes left, and the game winning play. Carter-Williams intercepted Peyton Siva’s ill-advised pass and took it to the other end for the dunk that gave the Orangemen the lead for good.