Rick Pitino

No. 8 Louisville outlasts Syracuse in overtime, 76-72

Syracuse made a Herculean comeback, but Louisville had Superman on its side. At least that's how the two Hall of Fame coaches put it.

Seldom-used Ryan McMahon scored all seven of his points in overtime, Anas Mahmoud added five straight in the extra period and No. 8 Louisville held off Syracuse 76-72 on Monday night to hand the Orange their first conference loss at home this season.

Louisville (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 10 consecutive points in OT and barely hung on at the end. Syracuse trailed by as many as 14 in the first half.

"These guys fight," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. "It was an unbelievable effort. A Herculean...