UofL MEN'S BASKETBALL | Cards Cruise in First Exhibition Game of Season
11/03/2016 10:40 PM
The #13 Louisville Cardinals jumped out to an early lead and never look back against Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night.
The Cards won the game 109-71.
UofL was on fire from the field throughout the night, finishing the game shooting 39-65 (60%) from the field. The hot shooting was also visible from three-point range, where the Cards went 9-17 (52.9%).
Five different Cardinals scored in double-digits on Thursday, led by Deng Adel’s 16 points. Adel came up only three rebounds short of a double-double. He had seven rebounds on the night.
Other double-digit scorers for Louisville included Jaylen Johnson (15), Quentin Snider (14), Ryan McMahon (14) and Donovan Mitchell (11).
The Cards won almost every major stat category as well on Thursday. They scored 16 more points in the paint than the Panthers, 50 to 34. They scored 17 more points off turnovers than the Panthers, 29 to 12. Another big difference in stats was bench points, with Louisville outscoring Kentucky Wesleyan 47-17.
Thursday also marked the return of big man Mangok Mathiang. He played 13 minutes, scoring seven points and collecting five rebounds. It was his first action on the court since breaking his foot last December.
The Cards will now prepare for their next exhibition game, at home against Bellarmine on Monday. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET inside the KFC Yum! Center.