Second-Half Surge Leads Louisville Past Syracuse in Big East Tourney Final
Louisville 78, Syracuse 61
The Big East Tournament is known for players making a name for themselves.
Louisville freshman Montrezl Harrell did exactly that in his team's second-half comeback over Syracuse on Saturday night.
Harrell scored a career-high 20 points in the victory.
Down by 13 at halftime, the Cardinals surged back into the lead once Syracuse senior forward James Southerland picked up his fourth personal foul with 15:34 left in the game.
Once Southerland, who was Syracuse's best player all week, found his way into foul trouble, the momentum of the game changed forever.
The Cardinals ended the game on a 49-16 run and took home the 2013 Big East Conference Championship.
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Louisville 78, Syracuse 61 (Final)
Louisville 76, Syracuse 60 (1:21 Second Half)
You might want to start picking Louisville as a favorite to win the National Championship.
Time to start talking about memories of the Big East.
44-10 run by Louisville. That's mind blowing.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) March 17, 2013
Louisville 73, Syracuse 58 (1:41 Second Half)
Syracuse just made their first basket in 11 minutes as Fair knocks down a three.
It is too little, too late for the Orange.
Carter-Williams has fouled out for Syracuse.
In a Champ Week where most teams have raised red flags, may I present Louisville. Red swarm. Team to beat.— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 17, 2013
Louisville 70, Syracuse 55 (2:32 Second Half)
Montrezl Harrell is cementing his spot in Big East Tournament folklore.
Another basket for the Louisville freshman.
Career-high 18 points for Harrell and he has scored the last eight points for Louisville.
Last field goal for Syracuse: 12:12.— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 17, 2013
Louisville 68, Syracuse 54 (3:23 Second Half)
Harrell with an emphatic block on Carter-Williams.
On the other end, Harrell slams down a dunk.
The freshman is having a coming out party at MSG tonight.
Boxscore says Harrell has five boards. Seems like he has about 30.— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 17, 2013
Louisville 64, Syracuse 54 (3:37 Second Half)
Montrezl Harrell is having himself a ball game for Louisville tonight.
12 points and six rebounds and a ton of energy off of the bench for the Cardinals.
Syracuse hasn't scored a basket since 13:49— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) March 17, 2013
Louisville 62, Syracuse 51 (5:20 Second Half)
This Louisville defense in the second half is suffocating.
Oh, and Peyton Siva has shown up for Louisville too.
No one saw this Cardinals comeback coming.
Carter Williams was holding right ankle. Looks Ok heading off court.— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 17, 2013
Louisville 59, Syracuse 51 (6:17 Second Half)
Not only has Louisville caught fire, Syracuse has gone ice cold from the field.
Not a good combination for the Orange.
Tonight's a good reminder of why Louisville will be such a difficult match-up on one day rest and prep. Just suffocating.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) March 17, 2013
Louisville 58, Syracuse 51 (7:00 Second Half)
We have reached the under-eight media timeout.
Louisville has been able to break Syracuse with their pressure on defense and Carter-Williams is clearly rattled.
Southerland has been out of rhythm since leaving the game with his fourth foul.
If he picks up his fifth earlier than expected, Syracuse could be finished.
Think of how much momentum Syracuse had when Southerland hit a three to put them up 45-29. Complete role reversal here. Incredible.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) March 17, 2013
Syracuse has committed 10 second-half turnovers with 8:04 to play.— Syracuse Basketball (@PSBasketball) March 17, 2013
Louisville 58, Syracuse 51 (8:17 Second Half)
Louisville is running away with this game and they are playing with plenty of confidence.
The crowd at MSG is desperately trying to get the Orange back into the game.
Both teams will be shooting one-and-ones at the free throw line from now on.
Louisville 56, Syracuse 48 (9:09 Second Half)
Carter-Williams gets called for a flagrant because of his usage of his elbows.
Hancock sinks the two free throws and Ware follows up with a three.
27-3 run for Louisville.
Louisville 51, Syracuse 49 (9:09 Second Half)
Carter-Williams picks up an offensive foul and the momentum has finally fully shifted over to Louisville.
Jim Boeheim not happy with the last foul call.
SU has 15 turnovers after that last MCW mistake.Brandon then fouls Hancock, who ball fakes and draws foul.Make.Miss .Make.— Syracuse Basketball (@PSBasketball) March 17, 2013
Louisville 49, Syracuse 58 (9:29 Second Half)
Michael Carter-Williams is feeling the pressure.
Yet another turnover by the Syracuse guard.
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