UofL BASKETBALL | Ray Spalding shines in Cards 28 point win over North Florida
11/21/2015 04:25 PM
It was a tail of two halves and one freshman in Louisville basketball’s 89-61 victory over The University of North Florida.
UNF came into the game making roughly 50 percent of their three point shots, and were the top team in the nation in three pointers made per game, and tonight was no different. They shot 23 times from beyond the arc and made 11 of those attempts.
The first half was a back and forth struggle. UNF made nine of their 11 threes in the first half, and shot better than 41 percent from the field. The Ospreys were shooting lights out, but Louisville kept the game close by controlling the glass. The Cards out-rebounded UNF 53-22 on the afternoon, and entered the locker room at the half up two points.
The second half was all Louisville. The Cards came out scoring, deflecting, blocking, and maintaining their rebounding dominance and stretched their lead out to as much as 30 points. They held the Ospreys to 28 percent shooting in the second half, and only two made three pointers.
Fifth year senior Damion Lee led all scorers with 24 points, but it was freshman forward Ray Spalding that stole the show.In an expanded role due to fellow freshman Deng Adel being held out due to a minor knee injury, Spalding recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks in his 31 minutes of play. He was the only player in the game with a double double (his first in a Cardinal jersey), and at one point was a perfect 7-7 from the field and perfect from the free throw line.
After the game, Ray Spalding got all the attention his stat line deserved from the media, much to the enjoyment of his teammates.
After sharing a laugh with all the cameras in Spalding’s face, the rest of the Card’s team was quick to dole out praise for a stellar freshman performance.
Another moment that stood out in the Cards blowout win took place about 50 feet above the court. Kyle Kuric, a former Louisville basketball standout who had recently undergone multiple brain surgeries to remove a benign tumor, skyped into the KFC Yum! Center, and via the big screen at center court thanked Card Nation for the outpouring of support he has received during his recovery. He says he plans to be back on the court, playing for his professional Spanish team in January.