UofL BASKETBALL | Short-handed Louisville suffers road loss to Virginia

02/06/2017 10:14 PM

The fourth-ranked Louisville men’s basketball team scrounged together a halftime lead over no. 12 Virginia, but the unusually short bench proved to be too much for the Cardinals to overcome. Virginia stormed back in the second half to beat U of L 71-55 in John Paul Jones Arena.

The first half inspired plenty of hope for the short-handed Cardinals. Despite missing Quentin Snider (strained hip flexor), Tony Hicks (broken hand), Deng Adel (suspended), and Mangok Mathiang (Suspended), U of L still jumped in front of the defensive minded Cavaliers. But UVA was able to hold Louisville to just 25 percent shooting in the second half, regain the lead, and never look back.

Freshman wing VJ King started in place of the absent Deng Adel, and totaled 24 points in 37 minutes after going 8-of-14 from the field, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. 24 is a career high for King. Donovan Mitchell managed 16 points despite being 0-for-5 from the 3-point line. For the game, the Cards just shot 37 percent from the field.

The loss drops Louisville to 19-5 (7-4 ACC), and now a full game behind Virginia which took sole possession of second place. U of L is now tied for fourth with Syracuse.

Louisville’s next game is this Saturday, when Miami comes to the KFC Yum! Center for a 2:00pm ET Tip off.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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