UofL BASKETBALL | Cards rain three pointers in win over Virginia Tech
01/27/2016 11:08 PM
The no. 16 University of Louisville basketball team improved to 17-3 (6-1 ACC) after beating Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Wednesday night. Front court foul trouble and an up-tempo Hokie offense caused problems for the Cards early in the game, but sharp shooting efforts by Damion Lee and Trey Lewis rallied U of L from their first half deficit to the their winning score of 91-83.
The Hokies controlled the pace of the game early, using fast transitions to eliminate Louisville’s press. U of L sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku logged two fouls in the first five minutes of play, and was sent to the bench for the majority of the first half. The Cards’ trailed by eight points in the first half, but a 26-14 Cardinal run put Louisville on top heading into the locker room. They would hold the lead the entire second half, scoring 53 points and ending the game with the eight point win.
The Cards connected on 12 of 18 3-pointers, including a rare long range bucket from Jaylen Johnson. Damion Lee and Trey Lewis flashed back to their non-conference scoring totals, scoring 29 points and 22 points respectively. All six of Damion Lee’s made field goals were 3-point shots, he finished the game shooting 86 percent from behind the arc, adding 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and was nearly perfect (11-of-12) from the free throw line. Lewis was 4 of 7 from three, shot 43 percent on the night, and also pulled in five rebounds.
This was Louisville’s fourth straight victory, and second consecutive road win. They now return home for one of the toughest two game stretches of their season, Saturday’s 1:00pm contest against 11th ranked Virginia, and then two days later take on 2nd ranked North Carolina in the Yum! Center.