UofL Defeats WKU 78-56 but suffers loss in the win
12/19/2015 03:37 PM
The Louisville Cardinals played arguably their finest game defensively, in defeating Western Kentucky 78-56. Coming in Rick Pitino had called the Hilltoppers, UofL’s toughest challenge to date. UofL rose to the occasion especially defensively, as the ‘Toppers shot only 33 per cent from the field in the first half (41% for the game) and zero percent behind the arc in the first (11 percent overall going just 2 for 18)
As Coach Pitino said, any joy the Cardinals might have felt from the victory was quickly overshadowed by the injury to Mangok Mathiang. The junior forward broke a bone in his foot in the second half, and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.
The Cards say it will be a total team effort in trying to make up for the loss of Mangok. Look for Anas Mahmoud, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, to see more playing time. Perhaps the Cards will also go with a smaller line up from time to time depending on the opponent.
Quentin Snider was high scorer in the game with 16 points. He was one of 4 Cardinals in double figures. Fifth year guards Trey Lewis and Damione Lee both had 15 points while Chinanu Onuaku finished with a double-double in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Frederick Edmond led WKU with 14 points while Justin Johnson had 10. The Hilltoppers are now 6-5 and next host Detroit on Tuesday.
The 19th ranked Cardinals improve to 9-1, and will host the Billy Munardi Classic this week, hosting UMKC on Tuesday and Utah Valley on Wednesday. Louisville then finishes up a busy week with a game at number four Kentucky Saturday at Noon.