UofL BASKETBALL | Cards Win on Senior Day
03/04/2017 05:27 PM
The Louisville Cardinals got their payback against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Cards (24-7, 12-6), who lost to the Irish (23-8, 12-6) back in January, earned a 71-64 victory over Notre Dame inside the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday.
It was a back-and-forth game that featured 12 lead changes. It was also tied six different times during the afternoon.
The Cards pulled away near the end though, after a Deng Adel’s three-pointer gave UofL a five-point lead with under a minute to play. From there, the Cards just had to make their free throws, which they did.
Donovan Mitchell led the way for Louisville in scoring, with his 20-point performance.
But, it was big man Mangok Mathiang who was the difference maker for the Cards. Mathiang, who was honored before the game as part of Senior Day festivities, scored a career-high 18 points, while also hauling in 11 rebounds.
Quentin Snider was the other Cardinal who scored in double-digits, tacking on 17 points. He finished 4-of-5 (80%) from behind-the-arc.
Notre Dame was led by Bonzie Colson’s 20 points.
Louisville’s bench helped out the cause for the Cards as well, scoring 22 points compared to the eight points off the bench that Notre Dame had.
As mentioned earlier, Mathiang was honored before the game as one of the seniors on the Louisville roster. He was recognized along with senior guard David Levitch and graduate transfer guard Tony Hicks.
With the win, UofL secures a double-bye in next week’s ACC Tournament. Seeding is still being determined due to other ACC games taking place on Saturday.
The one thing fans know for sure is that Louisville will play at some point on Thursday inside Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center.