C.J. Fair scored 13 points, including the ahead layup in the final minutes, and No. 2 Syracuse escaped with a 52-51 game losing streak to No. 19 Louisville.

Fair's layup, after Dion Waiters drove the lane and found him beneath the basket, capped a 6-0 run with 2:11 remaining in the game.

Neither team scored after that, with the Cardinals going cold over the final three-plus minutes of the game following a 15-2 run to take the lead.

Fab Melo added 11 points and the Orange (26-1, 13-1 Big East) beat Louisville for the first time since a 79-66 victory at home on February 18, 2006.

Chane Behanan had 16 points to lead the Cardinals (20-6, 8-5) and Chris Smith scored 10. Peyton Siva collected all eight of his points in the first half.

Louisville had a six-game overall winning streak snapped, while Syracuse won its sixth in a row since falling to Notre Dame last month.