UofL BASKETBALL | Cards lose hard fought game at Notre Dame

02/13/2016 06:30 PM

The Louisville Cardinals saw their hopes of winning the ACC regular season title take a major hit. The Cards gave up a double digit second half lead at Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish rallied for the 71-66 victory.

Despite blowing an 11 point advantage, UofL ralied for a one point lead, 63-62, with 6:36 left in the game. But from that point on, ND outscored the Cards 9-3. A pair of Irish did most of the damage as Louisville could not seem to stop Demetrius Jackson (game high 27 points including six baskets behind the three point arc), and Steve Vasturia (20 points, 15 of them coming in the second half).

Louisville’s depth helped the Cards control, and lead, much of the game. The UofL bench outscored the Notre Dame subs, 24-0. The Cardinals were led by Damion Lee who had 13, but only four in the second half, and Quentin Snider who finished with 12.
Once again starting center Chinanu Onuaku got into foul trouble and sat for much of the contest. The sophomore finished with just six points and four rebounds.

With the loss, Louisville falls to 19-6, 8-4 in the ACC. The Cards are now two full games behind first place North Carolina in the loss column. The Tar Heels host Pitt tomorrow. Notre Dame improves to 18-7, 9-4 in the league.

The Cardinals, who self imposed a post season ban, has six games left in its season. The Cards host Syracuse Wednesday at 7pm ET.


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