UofL MEN'S BASKETBALL | #13 Cards Destroy Pittsburgh
01/24/2017 09:28 PM
The #13 Louisville Cardinals beat Pittsburgh for the second time in less than two weeks on Tuesday night, this time in dominating fashion.
The Cardinals (17-4, 5-3) took their first lead of the game with 17:49 to play in the first half courtesy of a lay-up by center Anas Mahmoud. With the lay-up, UofL took the lead and never looked back. In fact, Pittsburgh (12-8 1-6) would never lead again. (The Panthers had led 2-0.)
The Cards jumped out to a 51-18 halftime lead before ultimately winning 106-51.
The Cardinals beat the Panthers 85-80 back on January 11.
Louisville dominated just about every statistical category in Tuesday’s game.
It shot 39-of-67 (58%) from the field, including 12-of-22 (55%) from three-point range. On the other side, Pitt only went 13-of-51 from the field (25%), including 3-of-22 (14%) from behind-the-arc.
Rebounding was also controlled by the Cards. They out-rebounded the Panthers 48 to 26.
In addition, UofL controlled the paint, outscoring Pitt 52-12 in the paint. If UofL didn’t score anywhere else on the court outside of the paint on Tuesday, it would have still won the game.
Guard Donovan Mitchell led the way for Louisville with a career-high 29 points. Mitchell was 9-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from behind-the-arc.
Mitchell was joined in double-figures by three other Cardinals. Mahmoud finished with 14 points, while two guards, Tony Hicks and Deng Adel, each finished with 10 points apiece.
Two Cardinals who did not score in double-figures, but were close, were forward Jaylen Johnson and center Mangok Mathiang. Johnson ended the night with seven points and 11 rebounds. Mathiang ended the night with nine points and nine rebounds.
Pitt was led by forward Michael Young’s 12 points.
Up next for the Cards is North Carolina St. on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET inside the KFC Yum! Center.