Top-seeded Louisville’s 3-point shooting was too much for Syracuse to overcome, as the Orange fell to the Cardinals, 71-46, in the quarterfinals of the 2020 ACC Tournament. The No. 5-ranked Cardinals made 12 shots from downtown, led by ACC Player of the Year Dana Evans, who made six.
Evans led all scorers with 23 points. The Cardinals outrebounded the Orange, 53-31. Syracuse shot just 27 percent from the field and was outscored 20-5 in the second quarter. Kiara Lewis led the Orange in scoring for the 25th time this season, scoring 18 points. Louisville advances to play fourth-seed Florida State Saturday.
“Obviously disappointed in the loss, for yesterday was a big game for us,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We knew we had to win the first one to get to the second one. We had a great opportunity today to play against one of the best teams in the country. The have a chance to do some big things and possibly win a National Championship. Jeff has done a fantastic job with this basketball team. We knew we had to play with tempo, play with some pace and try to make some shots and when you shoot 17% in the first half it makes a difference. The second half we didn’t make a few shots. We were able to you know, speed the game up a little bit and get some more possessions. Just a lot of credit has to go to Louisville. They were fantastic today. We knew this game was going to be tough for us coming off yesterday’s game but I thought our kids came out and battled as hard as they could I know I coached as hard as I could and the outcome is what it is.”
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