Snider hits two late free throws, UofL survives No. 14 UC Irvine 57-55
03/20/2015 06:42 PM
Freshman guard Quentin Snider scored a career-high 16 points, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, to save Louisville with a 57-55 victory over upset-minded No. 14 UC Irvine in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Seattle on Friday.
It was back and forth contest for all 40 minutes, and with the scored tied at 55 with nine seconds left, Snider went to the line for a one-and-one and calmly sank both free throws to give the Cardinals (25-8) a two-point advantage.
The Anteaters (21-13) had one last opportunity to try and force overtime, but Terry Rozier pressured guard Alex Young into a turnover on the pursuing inbound pass, and Louisville scooped up the loose ball as time expired to secure the win.
Wayne Blackshear played one of his best games of the season for the Cardinals, posting a game-high 19 points, and Rozier added another 12 to advance UofL into the Round of 32 for the fifth consecutive season.
Will Davis II scored 14 points to lead Big West champion UC Irvine in a losing effort. The Anteaters’ 7’6” center Mamadou Ndiaye added 12 more, but the Cardinals’ frontcourt did a good job of minimizing his impact, limiting Ndiaye to only five rebounds and one block for the game.
Louisville will next play No. 5 seed Northern Iowa on Sunday, who defeated No. 12 Wyoming by a score of 71-54 earlier in the day.
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