UofL BASKETBALL | Cards hot start trumped by numerous fouls

01/10/2016 02:45 PM

The no. 16 Louisville basketball team drops to 13-3 on the season (2-1 in ACC) after losing their first conference game of the season to Clemson, 66-62.

Louisville started regulation strong with an 8-0 run, behind an impressive six straight points by Chinanu Onuaku in the first 3 minutes of play. The Cards only managed 6 points in the next 10 minutes and surrendered the lead to Clemson with 7 minutes left in the first half, a lead they would never recover.

The Tigers stretched their lead to a game high 14 points, but Louisville clawed their way back to a two point game in the closing minute. In the end, glaring mistakes on both sides of the court handed U of L their first loss of ACC play.

The 62 points scored by Rick Pitino’s team is a new season low, the previous mark was 65 points against Wake Forest on January 3. The Cards were an abysmal 3-for-23 from behind the three point line, and shot 35 percent overall. On defense, Louisville committed 29 personal fouls, Onuaku and Mahmoud fouled out of the game, and three other U of L players committing four fouls. 32 of Clemson’s 66 points game from free throws.

Onuaku was the Cardinal’s leading scorer with 14 points and completed a double double performance with 10 rebounds. Damion Lee, Trey Lewis, and Donovan Mitchell again combined for fewer than 20 points.

The Cards now return to the Yum! Center for two games, next up is Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Garrett Moore

Garrett joined cn|2 as Sports Producer in July 2015. Garrett is a Kentucky native who has been enveloped by Kentucky sports culture his entire life. He is excited to contribute to the cn|2 team by covering sports in the state he loves. Outside the office, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and being a sports spectator at every level.

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