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Orange hauled down

Freedom Hall’s finale will be remembered for Edgar Sosa and Louisville beating No. 1 Syracuse. Freedom Hall’s finale will be remembered for Edgar Sosa and Louisville beating No. 1 Syracuse. (Ed Reinke/Associated Press)
Associated Press / March 7, 2010

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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, yesterday, providing one last highlight at 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).

Although Syracuse led by 8 points late in the first half, Kuric was a one-man wrecking crew in the second. He 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.

Trailing, 42-39, early in the second half, the Cardinals found their inside game with three straight baskets in the paint that gave them the lead for good. Kuric had two of them, a fast-break dunk and layup.

In a span of just over five minutes, Kuric also had all four of his 3-pointers.

Kansas 77, Missouri 56 - Marcus Morris shook off a scary collision with a scorer’s table to notch 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyshawn Taylor scored all of his 13 points in the second half to power the No. 2 Jayhawks (29-2, 15-1 Big 12) in Columbia, Mo.

Duke 82, North Carolina 50 - Kyle Singler scored 19 of his 25 points in the decisive first half, and the No. 4 Blue Devils (26-5, 13-3) earned their most lopsided home win over the Tar Heels (16-15, 5-11) and the top seed in the ACC tournament.

Iowa St. 85, Kansas St. 82 - The visiting Cyclones (15-16, 4-12) snapped a 21-game losing streak to ranked teams, upsetting the No. 5 Wildcats (24-6, 11-4) in overtime as Craig Brackins finished with 19 points.

Purdue 64, Penn St. 60 - The seventh-ranked Boilermakers (26-4, 14-4) never trailed on the road in clinching a share of their first Big Ten regular-season title in 14 years. JaJuan Johnson led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

West Virginia 68, Villanova 66 - Da’Sean Butler hit the decisive basket with 5.8 seconds left in overtime and finished with 21 points and 10 boards as the No. 10 Mountaineers (24-6, 13-5 Big East) slipped past the ninth-ranked Wildcats (24-6, 13-5) in Philadelphia.

Butler 68, Wis.-Milwaukee 59 - Matt Howard (18 points) and Ronald Nored (13) keyed a second-half surge in Indianapolis that sent the 12th-ranked Bulldogs (27-4) into Tuesday night’s Horizon League final against Wright State.

S. Carolina 77, Vanderbilt 73 - Devan Downey scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 left that enabled the visiting Gamecocks (15-15, 6-10 SEC) to upset the No. 13 Commodores (23-7, 12-4).

BYU 107, TCU 77 - In a preview of their Mountain West tournament first-round game, the No. 14 Cougars (28-4, 13-3) rolled in Fort Worth as Jonathan Tavernari scored 23 points.

Tennessee 75, Mississippi St. 59 - J.P. Prince netted 16 points, Scotty Hopson added 14, and the No. 16 Volunteers (23-7, 11-5 SEC) held the Bulldogs (21-10, 9-7) scoreless for the first 6:10 in Starkville, Miss.

Pittsburgh 83, Rutgers 54 - The No. 17 Panthers (24-7, 13-5) clinched the second seed and a double bye in the Big East tournament by hammering the visiting Scarlet Knights (15-16, 5-13). Gilbert Brown had 19 points, and Pitt’s last deficit came at 5-3.

Georgetown 74, Cincinnati 47 - Six days after being diagnosed with diabetes, Austin Freeman scored 24 points and paced a second-half surge that propelled the No. 19 Hoyas (20-9, 10-8 Big East) past the visiting Bearcats (16-14, 7-11).

Temple 70, Geo. Washington 57 - At Philadelphia, Michael Eric had 18 points to spark the Owls (26-5, 14-2), who clinched at least a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season crown.

Baylor 92, Texas 77 - Playing before a home-record crowd of 10,562, the No. 21 Bears (24-6, 11-5 Big 12) kept the Longhorns (23-8, 9-7) in a funk. LaceDarius Dunn paced Baylor with 30 points.

Maryland 74, Virginia 68 - The No. 22 Terrapins (23-7, 13-3) tied for the ACC regular-season title, holding off the host Cavaliers (14-15, 5-11) behind Greivis Vasquez’s 23 points.

Texas A&M 69, Oklahoma 54 - Khris Middleton scored 15 points in Norman, Okla., Bryan Davis added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 23 Aggies (22-8, 11-5 Big 12) won for the eighth time in 10 games.

UTEP 52, UAB 50 - Derrick Caracter scored the final 6 points for the No. 24 Miners (24-5, 15-1 Conference USA), including the winning dunk with one second left to finish off the visiting Blazers (23-7, 11-5).

Xavier 93, St. Bonaventure 72 - At Cincinnati, Jordan Crawford had 22 points for the No. 25 Musketeers (23-7, 14-2), who became the second team in A-10 history to win at least a share of four straight conference titles.

Atlantic Sun final - At Macon, Ga., Justin Tubbs scored 18 points off the bench for East Tennessee State (20-14), which is headed back to the Big Dance after subduing No. 6 seed Mercer, 72-66.

Big South final - Winthrop (19-13) reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years, getting 14 points from Mantoris Robinson in a 64-53 victory over Coastal Carolina (28-6) in Conway, S.C.

Ohio Valley final - Murray State became the first team to reach 30 wins this season, securing an NCAA berth with a 62-51 dismissal of Morehead State in Nashville. Isaiah Canaan came off the Racers’ bench to score 16 points.