UofL BASKETBALL | Cards rally to blow out Syracuse
02/17/2016 09:18 PM
Coming off a two game losing streak, things looked bleak Wednesday evening for Louisville. The Cards were turning the ball over, and had fallen behind visiting Syracuse 18-6.
However the Cardinals never gave up. They rallied to grab the lead at the half 28-27, thanks to a three point buzzer beater by Trey Lewis.
And then the second half was all Louisville. Damion Lee had a team high 15 points, while Lewis had 14 off the bench. The Cards never trailed in the second half, winning easily 72-58.
Lewis, who had complained about not getting enough playing time, did not start. Donovan Mitchell (eight points) was out there at the beginning, and had a pair of crowd pleasing dunks, but as Head Coach Rick Pitino says, it’s not whether you start but if you are part of the finish. Lewis wound up playing 26 minutes, and was a big reason the Cards were able to improve their overall record to 20-6, 9-4 in the ACC. It is the Cards 14th straight season of 20 wins or more.
Chinanu Onuaku was able to stay out of foul trouble, getting whistled just twice. The sophomore had 13 points and a career high 15 rebounds. He also had an amazing behind-the-back pass to Lewis for a basket, that is sure to be part of the highlights. With Anas Mahmoud out for the rest of the season, Center Matz Stockman got extended time, playing 10 minutes and finishing with six points.
Late in the game, freshman Ray Spalding landed awkwardly on his shoulder. He was taken out, although afterwards, Pitino said Spalding could’ve gone back into the game, if he was needed.
The Cards are off until Saturday when they host Duke. It will be a special game because at halftime, UofL will be honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1986 NCAA championship team. Tip-off for that game is Noon and wll be televised on ESPN.
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