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With its outside attack failing, the Orange became more aggressive, repeatedly driving to the basket. Louisville committed five fouls in the ensuing four minutes and Syracuse rallied. Kris Joseph's layup off a feed from Devendorf had the Orange back within 31-28 with 3:16 remaining as Louisville went nearly five minutes without a basket.
Sosa hit a 3 from the top of the key to break the slide and a dunk by Jennings gave Louisville a 36-28 lead at 2:17. Devendorf's three-point play in the final minute made it 38-33 at halftime.
The lead could have been greater, but the Cardinals missed four shots in a final flurry under the basket right before the buzzer. Louisville scored only six second-chance points despite outrebounding Syracuse 14-7 on the offensive glass and 25-14 overall in the period.
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