UofL BASKETBALL | Cardinals cruise to win over St. Francis

11/24/2017 10:02 PM

The no. 19 University of Louisville men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 Friday night, after comfortably beating St. Francis 84-72 in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals’ size proved to be a huge difference-maker over a much smaller Red Flash squad.

All five Louisville starters finished with double-figure scoring. Junior forward Ray Spalding led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but left the game halfway through the second half due to an apparent ankle injury, and did not return. Acting head coach David Padgett alluded that the injury was not that serious, and was prepared to play Spalding again if the situation had required.

Spalding also finished with a game-high five blocks. Senior forward Anas Mahmoud added a pair of blocks to go with 12 points and nine rebounds. U of L forced 19 St. Francis turnovers, and kept them resigned to outside shots because of Louisville’s height advantage. But the Red Flash stayed as close as they did because of the team’s shooting.

St. Francis shot 45 percent from the field, and just under 48 percent from behind the 3-point line.

This was Louisville’s final game before the competition takes a big leap forward. Next up for the Cards is the first true road test of the year at currently-ranked Purdue. That game is Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET as part of the Big 10 / ACC Challenge.

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