UofL BASKETBALL | Cards win fourth straight by demolishing Clemson
01/19/2017 11:59 PM
Quentin Snider was not on the court for no. 12 Louisville basketball, but it didn’t stop the Cardinals from blowing the doors off visiting Clemson 92-60.
There was an adjustment period for U of L as the team learned to deal without the starting point guard. Snider is the team’s second leading scorer, and the floor general on offense. Without him, Louisville turned the ball over six times in the first seven minutes of the game, and trailed Clemson for almost 15 minutes to start the game.
When the Cards did take the lead however, they did not let up. U of L entered halftime up 10 points after back-to-back three pointers by Donovan Mitchell in the closing 14 seconds, one of which beat the halftime buzzer. Donovan was 8-8 in the first half, but those were the only points he would score. Mitchell finished the game with 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Fellow sophomore Deng Adel added 18 points which matches a career-high for him.
Adel opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers to add on to the first half run. Freshman V.J. King earned the start in Snider’s absence, and scored 14 points in 22 minutes of play.
In the frontcourt, senior center Mangok Mathiang was good for 12 points, and eight rebounds which earned a lot of praise from head coach Rick Pitino in the postgame press conference. Meanwhile, junior forward Jaylen Johnson converted the game’s only double double by scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Johnson could have added to that stat line, but was ejected near the end of the second half after an exchange with Clemson player Elijah Thomas.
The win improves Louisville to 16-3 overall, 4-2 in the ACC. but the Cards now face a short turnaround, because they take on Florida State this Saturday at 2:00pm ET.