UofL BASKETBALL | Cardinals Dominate Colonels in Billy Minardi Classic

12/17/2016 04:31 PM

The Louisville Cardinals improve to 10-1 on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels 87-56 at the KFC Yum! Center in the annual Billy Minardi Classic.

After a slow start, where EKU lead 7-0 early, the Cards found some momentum and finished out the first half leading by 20 (36-16). In the second half, the Cardinals outscored the Colonels by 11 (51-40).

Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals in scoring with 15 points, seven rebounds, and one steal in 19 minutes. Quentin Snider was named Louisville’s MVP of the game; he finished with 16 points, six assists and one rebound. Tony Hicks and Jaylen Johnson each added 10 points. Mangok Mathiang didn’t score a single point, but finished with 13 total rebounds- eight on the defensive end and five offensively. In Anas Mahmoud’s first game back after suffering a concussion, he finished with four rebounds, six points, five blocks and two steals in 16 minutes.

UofL scored 38 in the paint and 21 off of turnovers. They shot 48.4% from the field and 81% from the charity stripe.

Nick Mayo was named MVP for EKU; he finished with 15 points, four assists, one steal and five rebounds in 32 minutes. Asante Gist had 12 points, three assists, two steals and one rebound, but had four turnovers in 31 minutes. Marlon Adams also finished with ten points. Former Cardinals Dillon Avare scored the first bucket of the game off a three-pointer. He finished three points, two rebounds and a steal.

The Colonels, who average 27 three-pointers a game, were 6-16 from behind the arc.

The Louisville Cardinals enter a tough stretch of their schedule, taking on Kentucky, Virginia, IU in Indianapolis and at Notre Dame. They tip off against Kentucky Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center at 7:00 p.m. eastern.

EKU, who fell to 6-6, travels to Norfolk State University on Monday. They tip off at 7:00 p.m. eastern.

VIDEO BELOW:

Game highlights:

Rick Pitino’s opening statement below:

UofL players post-game:

Watch EKU head coach Dan McHale’s opening statement:

Kyle Kuric’s Korner for Kids Toy Drive:

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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