Uofl Basketball| Cards beat Georgia Tech but Deng Adel injured in the process

01/07/2017 04:38 PM

The UofL Cardinals beat Georgia Tech 65-50 Saturday afternoon but nothing about it was easy, not even getting to the game. The winter storm delayed the team’s trip to Atlanta from Friday to Saturday morning. The Cards landed in Atlanta around 10am but the gates at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport were closed. UPS came to the rescue by bringing some stairs to to the team’s plane so they could make it to McCamish Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

Deng Adel was first on the board for the Cards with three. This started a 16-3 run for the Cards in the first five minutes of the game. The Cards defense also came out strong and covered the Yellow Jackets on most of their attempts at a clean shot. But the Cards faced a strong shot blocker in Georgia Tech Junior Ben Lammers. His blocks gave the Yellow Jackets the momentum they needed to close the gap a bit.

Deng Adel was injured near the end of the first half. He fell on the floor during a play and a Geogia Tech player’s knee inadvertently hit Adel on the side of the head, near his temple. Adel looked unsteady as he was helped off the court and into the locker room to be checked out.

The Cards continued to push in the remaining minutes, ending the first half 27 to 18, the lowest half-time score for the Yellow Jackets this season.

The Cards came out of the locker room without Deng Adel. Doctors determined he suffered a concussion during that nasty blow to the head and he would remain out for the rest of the game. Georgia Tech took the court ready to make their move. In the first minutes of the second half the Yellow Jackets closed the gap to just a seven point game. The Cardinals answered back with several buckets of their own and Mangok Mathiang executed a textbook block of Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers’ attempt at a basket. Donovan Mitchell followed immediately with another three. But Georgia Tech didn’t give up and midway through the half they came within three points of the Cards. Quentin Snider scored a three to give a bit more breathing room to the Cards. But Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers continued to press for the Yellow Jackets scoring back to back threes and bringing his game total to 24 points, beating his own career record. Donovan Mitchell then got his fifth three in the game, also beating his own record. Quenton Snider and Anas Mahmoud helped the Cards battle back and pull away with a 65-50 final score.

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