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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, March 6, 2010

CBKB: Louisville shocks No. 1 Syracuse in Freedom Hall finale

Associated Press Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville gave Freedom Hall a memorable send-off.

Kyle Kuric scored all of his career-high 22 points in the second half and the Cardinals upset No. 1 Syracuse 78-68 on Saturday, providing one more highlight from their 54-year-old home.

Louisville (20-11, 11-7 Big East) may also have assured itself a return trip to the NCAA tournament by sweeping the season series from the Orange (28-3, 15-3). Their only other loss all season came against Pittsburgh, and Saturday was their first road loss.

Kuric made 9 of 11 shots including four 3-pointers to make for a happy ending at Freedom Hall, before Louisville moves to a new downtown arena in the fall.

The Cardinals trailed 42-39 early in the second half, but found their inside game with three straight baskets to take the lead for good. Kuric had two of them on a fastbreak dunk and layup.

Scoop Jardine led Syracuse with 20.