UofL BASKETBALL | Cardinals Storm Past Hurricanes Late
02/11/2017 05:32 PM
After trailing 8-0 to start the game, the Louisville Cardinals were able to rally back late and defeat the Miami Hurricanes 71-66 at the KFC Yum! Center.
The first half was littered with oddities, including a fan rushing the court and getting arrested on the floor, and Brian O’Connell (who returned in the second half), an official, leaving the game at the under 8 timeout with a hamstring injury.
Deng Adel, en-route to his 18 points, hit back-to-back three-pointers at the 14:13 and 13:52 marks to ignite the Cardinals offense. Adel played 36 minutes and shot 6/14 from the field, 4/10 from the three and 2-3 from the line. He finished with 5 rebounds (three defensive), three assists and one block after being benched versus Virginia for violation of the team curfew.
Donovan Mitchell also finished with 18 for the Cardinals. Mitchell finished with two rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal. He shot 3/9 behind the arc and 6/17 from the field.
Quentin Snider, who was injured January 14th against Duke finally returned to action and also to the starting line-up. He played 33 minutes, finishing with 13 points- 3/8 from the field, 3/5 behind the arc. He was a perfect 4/4 from the charity stripe.
Despite Snider’s return, Pitino chose to keep freshman V.J. King in the starting lineup, along with Jaylen Johnson, Anas Mahmoud and Donovan Mitchell.
Mangok Mahtiang, who also missed the Virginia game due to a violation of the team curfew was back in the rotation. He finished with seven points and eight rebounds, just shy of a double-double.
Jaylen Johnson flirted with a double-double as well, finishing with ten and eight.
As a team, the Cardinals were 22-56 from the field, 11-28 from the three-point line, 16-20 on free throws and had 36 rebounds. They also finished with nine turnovers. Louisville scored 11 points off turnovers.
The game had just two ties and Louisville didn’t take the lead until a pair of free throws by Mathiang with 5:18 to play.
Three Canes players scored in double-figures, led by Ja’Quan Newton with 15. Newton also had five rebounds, two assists, a steal and one turnover.
Miami shot 44.2% from the field, and 33.3% from the three. They finished with four blocks and four steals. UM was also able to score 34 points in the paint, to Louisville’s 18.
Miami now has a 16-8 (6-6 ACC) record, while UofL moves to 20-5 (8-4 ACC) after being projected as a 2-seed in the NCAA tournament prior to the game.
Louisville is back in action Monday at Syracuse. They face off 7:00 p.m.
Rick Pitino on the Cards’ win over The U:
Spectrum News Kentucky caught up with players Mangok Mathiang and Jaylen Johnson after the game to get their thoughts on the victory:
Cards’ guards Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell discuss what it was like for the team to nearly be back at full strength: