UofL BASKETBALL | Trey Lewis leads Cardinals in win over Boston College
02/06/2016 03:38 PM
The 19th ranked Cardinal basketball team was a heavy favorite heading into Saturday’s game against struggling Boston College. However, a day before the game, Louisville was dealt a huge blow when the University announced a self-imposed postseason ban in the midst of looming sex scandal allegations, but the Cards hit the court without missing a beat, blowing out Boston College 79-47.
The game began with a honorary tip, thrown by Louisville graduate guard Damion Lee. He did not play because of a bruised knee. Lee and fellow graduate guard Trey Lewis have been the focal point of support since the sanctions were announced, which erased their hope of going to their first ever NCAA tournament.
After the game, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said Lewis “was the one I was most worried about with [handling] the emotion.” The graduate guard however would ease Pitino’s worries by leading the Cardinal’s dominant offensive performance, scoring a game high 16 points and connecting on all nine of his free throws.
The Card’s would never trail in the 32 point victory, and started the game with a 19-2 run in the first nine minutes of play. The Eagles would climb back to within nine points in the second half, but the Cardinals proved to be too much, even without the team’s leading scorer.
U of L shot 51 percent in the game, 35 percent from the 3-point line. They forced 18 Boston College turnovers, out rebounded the Eagles 38-30, and dominated the front court with 44 points in the paint compared to Boston College’s 20.
Chinanu Onuaku had a game high 13 rebounds to go with his eight points. Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell both scored in double figures, scoring 13 and 10 respectively. With the win the Cards improve to 19-4 on the season, 8-2 in the ACC and face a quick turnaround to take on Duke this Monday in Durham.