Cards cruise past Marshall despite offensive struggles

11/22/2014 12:52 AM

Despite a cold shooting night inside the KFC Yum! Center, Louisville cruised past Marshall 85-67.

Poor shooting plagued the Cards, as the team shot 38.6% from the field, 13.6% from three-point range and 63.6% from the free throw line. But for everything the UofL offense was lacking, the defense raised the bar with 13 steals, six blocks and forced 21 turnovers. The aggressive style of play let Louisville extend the lead late in the first half and carry it through the end of regulation.

Louisville was led in scoring by starting guards Chris Jones and Terry Rozier, who scored 18 and 17 points respectively despite shooting a combined 10-34 from the field.

UofL got solid play from several frontcourt players. Wayne Blackshear stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Montrezl Harrell was limited by foul trouble, but still managed 12 points and eight boards.

With the All-American forward sidelined for a large portion of the game, Mangok Mathiang and Chinanu Onuaku filled in just fine. Onuaku posted his second consecutive double-double, while Mathiang snagged 11 rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 minutes of action.

Head coach Rick Pitino and the players said after the game that Marshall proved to be a tough test, and that was just what the team needed as an early season wake-up call. The Cards return to action Monday night for a game against Savannah State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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