UofL BASKETBALL | Cards Drop Second Game in a Row

02/03/2018 07:35 PM

The Louisville men’s basketball team was hoping to leave the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday with a win, after falling to No. 2 Virginia on the road Wednesday.

Instead, Florida St. handed the Cards their second straight ACC loss.

The Seminoles (17-6, 6-5) topped the Cardinals (16-7, 6-4) by the score of 80-76.

The Cards were trailing 78-76 in the final seconds and had a chance to tie, but guard VJ King’s jumper was blocked with six seconds to play. Florida St. got the ball and tossed it down the court to score a game-clinching dunk by guard M.J. Walker with one second left.

Six Florida St. players scored in double-figures, led by forward Phil Cofer’s 16 points.

Meanwhile, Louisville had four players score in double-figures, led by forward Deng Adel’s game-high 19 points. Adel also finished the game with eight rebounds.

Guard Quentin Snider added 15 points, while forward Ray Spalding tacked on 13 points and VJ King had 10 points. Spalding was also one rebound shy of a double-double, as he ended the game with nine rebounds.

Florida St. outrebounded Louisville 43-34 in the game and also scored 34 points in the paint compared to Louisville’s 24 points in the paint.

UofL had beaten then-No. 23 Florida St. in Tallahassee, Fla. on Jan. 10.

The Cardinals will hope to snap their current two-game slide when they welcome Syracuse (15-8, 4-6) into the KFC Yum! Center on Monday. Tip-off is set for around 7 p.m. ET.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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