LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tyus Battle scored 25 points to lead Syracuse to a 78-73 victory over Louisville in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Monday night.
Syracuse (16-8, 5-6) never trailed in the final 28:58 as it snapped a two-game losing streak.
However, the Cardinals (16-8, 6-5) made it interesting down the stretch against the Orange, who had just six healthy scholarship players and played just seven.
Syracuse led 65-53 with 7:36 remaining, but Louisville pulled to 67-65 after two free throws from Ray Spalding with 4:05 left.
The Cardinals then went more than two minutes without a basket.
Spalding, who did not start after injuring his ankle in Saturday’s loss to Florida State, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Frank Howard finished with 22 points for the Orange.
Hampton 86, N.C. Central 70: Jermaine Marrow had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Kalin Fisher added 16 points, and the Pirates never trailed in beating the Eagles in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game in Durham, N.C.
Marrow scored 15 points in the first half as Hampton (10-14, 5-4) built a 46-33 lead.
NCCU (12-11, 6-3) outscored Hampton 23-12 midway through the second half to pull to 58-56. But Akim Mitchell and Lysander Bracey made back-to-back 3-pointers to extend Hampton’s lead to 64-56.
Reginald Gardner Jr. scored 16 points for NCCU.
Norfolk State 83, Bethune-Cookman 79: Preston Bungei had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Williams added 16 points with four 3-pointers, and the Spartans (8-16, 6-3) beat the Wildcats in a MEAC game in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Junior transfer Shawntrez Davis had 30 points and 17 rebounds — both career highs — for Bethune-Cookman (12-12, 6-3).
Hampton 62, N.C. Central 53: The visiting Pirates (11-11, 7-2 MEAC) defeated the Eagles (6-16, 4-5) thanks to 17 points from Mikayla Sayle. Hampton’s Monnazjea Finney-Smith had 14 points, and Jephany Brown and Ashley Bates both chipped in with 11 points. For N.C. Central, Kieche White scored 16 points, and Paulina Afriyie registered 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Bethune-Cookman 60, Norfolk State 45: The host Wildcats (17-4, 9-0 MEAC) turned 17 Spartans turnovers into 13 points on their way to victory. For Bethune-Cookman, both Emily Williams and Angel Golden scored 20 points to lead the way. Kayla Roberts of Norfolk State (12-9, 5-4) scored 19 points.