Cardinals first half drought is too much to overcome

02/07/2015 09:26 PM

An 11-oh Virginia run to end the first half, proved to be too much for Louisville to overcome. The ninth ranked Cards went without a point for better than 11 minutes, and by the time the Cardinals got their shooting touch back, Virginia was able to hold on for the 52-47 victory. The loss drops Louisville to 19-4 overall, 7-3 in the ACC. Three of UofL’s four losses have come against elite teams, top ranked Kentucky, then number 2 Duke, and the current third rated Cavaliers. The other defeat was to a North Carolina team that was ranked 13th at the time.

For the second straight game, all of Louisville’s scoring came from just four players. Terry Rozier finished with a game high 16 points while Montrezl Harrell had 12. Point Guard Chris Jones had 11 points but zero assists, while Wayne Blackshear finished with 8 points, all coming in the second half. Virginia was led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 15 points. The Cavaliers improve to 21-1 overall, 9-1 in the ACC.

The loss snaps the Cardinals four game winning streak. Louisville’s next game is Wednesday night when the Cards host Pittsburgh. The Panthers are 16-8 after Saturday’s 83-77 home win over Syracuse.


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