Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored the final four points as No. 6 Syracuse rallied to upset top-ranked Louisville 70-68.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored the final four points as No. 6 Syracuse rallied to upset top-ranked Louisville 70-68 Saturday in a showdown of unbeaten Big East Conference teams.
It was the second straight Saturday the nation’s No. 1 team went down, as Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76 last weekend.
“I’d rather have the number-one ranking at the end of the year,” said Louisville guard Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle. “I really don’t mind having the number-one ranking at all. We’re going to work our way back up to that spot and hopefully get it at the end of the year.”
Siva had six assists, but he was 1 for 9 from the field for three points.
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It was the Orange’s third straight victory over the Cardinals.
Carter-Williams had 16 points, including 11 of the team’s final 13, for the Orange (17-1 overall, 5-0 Big East), which won its seventh straight.
Russ Smith’s 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.
Smith’s four free throws led Louisville’s 6-0 run for a two-point lead with 1:58 left before Carter-Williams sandwiched two free throws around a steal and dunk for the Orange’s final points.
Louisville’s chance to tie ended with Siva’s low pass inside to Gorgui Dieng in the final seconds. Syracuse came up with the ball to seal the victory.
Triche finished 9 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. Syracuse shot 24 of 49 (49 percent) overall and outrebounded Louisville 36-31.
The Orange forced a mere nine turnovers, but the last two were huge and helped Carter-Williams avoid being the goat.
His second miss of two free throws with 53.3 seconds left denied Syracuse a chance to tie the score but he followed 30 seconds later with a steal and dunk for the lead.
“Michael was the reason we won the game, getting the dunk,” Triche said. “I might have kept us in the game, but he’s the reason we won the game getting the two steals. That’s winning stuff.”
Carter-Williams dunked after picking off a cross-court pass by Siva.
“I saw him at the last minute,” Siva said. “It was just a stupid pass on my part.”
The hard-fought game pitted Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 zone defense against Louisville’s signature pressure.
Orange coach Jim Boeheim had lavish praise for the Cardinals.
“I think they will be the team to beat in the country when it all comes down to it in the end,” Boeheim said.
Other Top 10 men
No. 4 Kansas 64, at Texas 59
Ben McLemore scored 16 points and the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) stormed back from an 11-point second-half deficit for their 15th straight victory.
Sheldon McClennan led the Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) with 18 points.
At No. 10 Florida 83,
No. 17 Missouri 52
Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double, as the Gators (14-2, 4-0 Southeastern) had little trouble with the Tigers (13-4, 2-2).
Jabari Brown led Missouri with 16 points.
Top 5 women
At No. 1 Baylor 76, West Virginia 58
Brittney Griner had her 50th career double-double — and narrowly missed a triple-double. She had 26 points with 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Bears (16-1, 6-0 Big 12) beat the Mountaineers (11-6, 3-3).
Baylor has won 49 in a row at home.
At No. 3 Connecticut 87, Syracuse 62
Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 25 points to lead UConn (16-1, 4-1 Big East) past the Orange (15-2, 3-1).
Other women’s game
Gonzaga 62, at San Diego 50
Haiden Palmer contributed 22 points and six steals to help the Zags (15-5, 5-1 West Coast) beat the Toreros (11-7, 3-3).
Gonzaga’s reserves outscored San Diego’s bench 17-8.
Amy Kame led San Diego with 15 points.