SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Rakeem Christmas rebounded from his worst game of the season, scoring 29 points and blocking four shots, and Syracuse beat No. 12 Louisville 69-59 on Wednesday night.
It was the first game between the teams as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Syracuse (17-9, 8-5 ACC) was coming off an 80-72 home loss to fourth-ranked Duke in which Christmas was outplayed by freshman Jahlil Okafor.
Louisville (20-6, 8-5) was out to bounce back from Saturday's home loss to North Carolina State, but was without senior guard Chris Jones, who was suspended for violating team rules and did not make the trip. Freshman Quentin Snider made his first start in place of Jones, the team's assist leader (3.7 per game) and third-leading scorer (13.6 points).
The Cardinals have lost three of four and two straight after leading at the half.
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