UofL BASKETBALL | Cards rally on the road to beat GA Tech
01/23/2016 06:56 PM
It’s one thing to win a blowout at home. The Louisville Cardinals have shown they are quite capable of doing that. However it is a completely different matter to go on the road, trail in the second half, and still find a way to get the victory. The Cards have put that on their resume as well.
UofL trailed Georgia Tech by a point with 6:44 to go in the game. However the Cards were able to rally, and defeat the Yellow Jackets 75-71. As usual, a different game means a different hero for Louisville. 5th year guard Damion Lee had a team high 17 points, while center Anas Mahmoud put in a career high 15 points. Head Coach Rick Pitino had challenged his sophomore to play more aggressively, and the Cairo, Egypt native has apparently gotten the message. The Cards’ other big man, Chinanu Onuaku had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore has had a double double in every ACC game so far.
Trey Lewis and Donovan Mitchell also finished in double figures (12 and 11 respectively), as the Cardinals upped their winning streak to six in a row.
GA Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt made a pair of free throws with 1:16 to go, to tie the game at 69. However just a few seconds later, he fouled out of the game, taking his game high 23 points to the bench, as the Jackets could only manage one field goal the rest of the way.
With the victory, Louisville improves to 16-3, 5-1 in the ACC. The Cards remain second in the conference behind only North Carolina. The Heels are 6-0 in the league. The Tar Heels play at VA Tech Sunday, a game UofL will be watching closely, since Louisville’s next game is in Blacksburg Wednesday night. Tech falls to 11-8, 1-5 in the league.