Syracuse vs. Louisville: The Orange Finally Break Losing Streak to the Cardinals

Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2012

C.J. Fair hit two clutch free throws down the stretch for Syracuse.
C.J. Fair hit two clutch free throws down the stretch for Syracuse.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Syracuse used a 6-0 run at the end of the game to cap off a thrilling comeback at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Monday night.

The Orange would need every bit of that comeback to post a 52-51 win over the Cardinals, keeping them in a solid role for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Both teams were playing their second game in three days, and it showed on the court as both teams were noticeably fatigued. After shooting struggles plagued both teams for a good four-minute portion of the second half, each found success in exploiting the other's baseline defense with sharp passes to get under the bucket.

With 3:40 to go in the game, Louisville led 51-46, and that's when the comeback started; it was initiated by Brandon Triche and extended by a pair of free throws from C.J. Fair.

Fair didn't know it at the time, but his reverse layup with 2:11 remaining would end up being the game-winning shot.

Not in such dramatic fashion as one might picture in their driveway, but Fair and Syracuse will take it nonetheless.

The Orange will play Sunday at Rutgers.