UofL BASKETBALL | Cards go out winners on Senior Day

03/02/2016 12:03 AM

It was close at the end, perhaps a little too close for the comfort of UofL fans. Georgia Tech had the ball with time running out, and a chance to hit a game tying three pointer. But Adam Smith’s long range shot bounced off the rim, and Louisville escaped with the 56-53 victory on Senior Night.

Chinanu Onuaku led all scorers with 17 points. The Sophomore finished with a double-double, snagging a team high 11 rebounds. The two Graduate Guards, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, had 14, and three, points respectively. Quentin Snider also finished in double figures with 11 points.

The game had 11 lead changes in the first half, but the second half, for the most part, belonged to the hometown Cardinals. When Louisville went up 49-38 with eight minutes to go, it looked like the Cards had things under control.

But give credit to the Yellow Jackets who refused to give up. Charles Mitchell scored five points late, as Tech, thanks to an 11-3 run, cut the UofL lead to just three, 52-49.
Georgia Tech was able to slice things to a single point, 54-53, with 12 seconds to go. The Cards, though, would not let their Atlanta-based opponents get any closer.

With the win Louisville improves to 23-7, 12-5 in the ACC, and keeps alive slim hopes to finish in a first place tie in the ACC. Louisville must beat Virginia on Saturday (8:30pm ET ESPN) and hope Miami and North Carolina both lose. GA Tech falls to 17-13, and 7-10 in the conference.



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