UofL BASKETBALL | Early lead crucial in Louisville win over Pittsburgh
01/11/2017 10:26 PM
It was a blowout for nearly the entire game, and if it wasn’t for a 26 point buffer in the second half, the no. 14 Louisville men’s basketball team very easily could have lost to the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers. Pitt scratched and clawed its way back from the 26 point deficit, almost entirely thanks to the 43 point performance by senior guard Jamel Artis. But even with a career-high, Artis couldn’t lift the Panthers to victory, the Cardinals got the win, 85-80 was the final score.
Louisville (14-3, 2-2 ACC) took control of the game early, and stretched out to a 21 point lead in the first half. They forced 11 Pitt turnovers, blocked two shots, and out-rebounded the visitors 22-14 over the first 20 minutes. But the second half was all Pittsburgh. Louisville was outscored 54-38 in that stretch.
Junior guard Quentin Snider led the Cardinal offense, making 7-of-11 from the field for a team-high 22 points. He also had five assists and two steals. Donovan Mitchell finished with 15 points, and two rebounds shy of a double-double. His fellow sophomore Deng Adel added 15 points off the bench. Ray Spalding was the only other Card in double figure scoring with 11.
This is the ninth win in a row against Pittsburgh, and puts U of L at 2-2 in conference play. Next up is fellow blue-blood program, no. 7 Duke (14-3, 2-2 ACC) who sports the same record as Louisville. Those two tip off at noon ET on Saturday, January 14.