Cards show fight in win at Western Kentucky
12/20/2014 05:08 PM
The game was very chippy and Western Kentucky did not go down without a fight, but Louisville moved to 10-0 and escaped with a 76-67 win over the Hilltoppers.
Tempers flared throughout the game, and a scuffle towards the end of the first half led to the ejection of Montrezl Harrell. Replays showed that the All-American forward threw an elbow towards a WKU player, but at this point it is unclear whether or not he will face further disciplinary action. In just 17 minutes of play, the 6-foot-8 junior scored 14 points and collected 6 rebounds.
Without Harrell in the second half, the Cards relied heavily on Terry Rozier and the sophomore guard answered the bell. Rozier led the Cards with 32 points, scoring 26 over the game’s final 20 minutes.
To fill the void in the paint, UofL got a collective effort from Chinanu Onuaku, Mangok Mathiang and Anas Mahmoud. The 7-foot freshman from Egypt stepped up in a big way with six points, five rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
After a week full of criticisms, senior guard Chris Jones scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists. Jones still struggled with his shot, connecting on just 2-7 field goal attempts, but he did hit a big three-pointer down the stretch.
Playing without Montrezl Harrell for a half was a huge test for the Cards. And although it was not easy, the team left Bowling Green with a passing grade. The big men were able to play key minutes in a rowdy environment, and Terry Rozier seized the moment as a star when the Cards needed him most.
Louisville will need a better performance if it hopes to upset top-ranked Kentucky next Saturday. But for now. the Cards can rest easy knowing they survived a tough test on the road.
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