UofL BASKETBALL | Cardinals Dominate Wolfpack

01/29/2017 04:30 PM

The North Carolina State Wolfpack began the game on a 6-0 run, then Donovan Mitchell took it upon himself to lead the no. 13 Louisville Cardinals out of the deficit. Once he did, they never saw another. UofL defeated N.C. State 85-60 at the KFC Yum! Center.

Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 28 points, out-scoring the entire N.C. State team for a portion of the game. Mitchell finished with an impressive stat-line: 28 points, eight rebounds (six on defense), two steals and five assists in 37 minutes. He shot 6-of-10 from three-point range, 9-of-17 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Behind Mitchell, Mangok Mathiang quietly contributed 14 points, one assist and five rebounds. Deng Adel finished with 10 and V.J. King neared a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds. King also finished with three assists, one steal and a block. David Levitch, who started in place of the injured Quentin Snider contributed six points, one steal and three rebounds.

As a team, Louisville shot exactly 50% from both the field and behind the arc. They went 13-of-15 behind the charity stripe.

N.C. State’s Abdul-Malik Abu and Maverick Rowan each finished with 13. Dennis Smith Jr. scored just eight points and had just five turnovers. The Louisville defense held N.C. State to shooting just 37.5% from the field and 31.6% from three-point range. As a team, Louisville finished with seven steals. N.C. State had 15 turnovers.

Louisville has out-scored their last two opponents by a combined 80 points, despite the absence of starting PG Quentin Snider and Tony Hicks.

Louisville’s next game is on the road at Boston College on February 4 at 3:00 p.m.

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