UofL BASKETBALL | Cards Dominate Long Beach State
11/17/2016 07:43 PM
UofL Men’s Basketball had a dominating performance against Long Beach State in their final home game before the Battle 4 Atlantis, defeating the 49ers 88-56.
Offensively, the Cards had a stellar night with four players in double-figures. Jaylen Johnson led scorers with another double-double; 14 points, 11 rebounds, and one block in his 18 minutes. Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang each scored 11 with one block, two steals, three assists and ten rebounds between them. Ray Spalding had ten points, six boards, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
Long Beach State had two players score in double-figures. Gabe Levin scored 12 points in 32 minutes with two steals and eight rebounds , but had four turnovers. Evan Payne scored 15 with one steal, two rebounds and just one turnover in his 26 minutes.
Head Coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday that Donovan Mitchell was sick with a fever, but Mitchell was able to play 27 minutes for two steals, one block, one assist, eight points and six rebounds. V.J. King and Anas Mahmoud each scored eight, respectively.
One player fans did not see in the win was graduate transfer Tony Hicks. Pitino simply said after the game, “I can’t play everybody”.
Ryan McMahon emerged with meaningful minutes, playing 15 minutes and forcing one steal, one block, five assists, six points and three rebounds in his minutes.
The Cards outscored the Niners 42-27 in the first half, going on a 30-8 run early. They outscored the, 29-46 in the second half for the win. Louisville shot 44.75 from the floor and were 7-20 from the three-point line. They were 13-18 from the charity stripe. They were able to score 42 points in the paint and 25 off turnovers. They had 19 second-chance points. The defense was able to hold LBS to just 29.5 % from the field.
The Cardinals now improve to 3-0, while the 49ers fall to 1-3; having already faced Wichita State and UNC this season.
UofL’s next game will be against Old Dominion in the Bahamas in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. That game will be Wednesday, November 23 at 9:30 pm. ET.
Donovan Mitchell after the game:
Jaylen Johnson on why the Cardinals were so effective:
cn|2’s full live coverage from the studio and KFC Yum! Center (includes highlights, and comments from Head Coach Rick Pitino):