UofL MEN'S BASKETBALL | Cards Top Duke in ACC Clash of Top-15 Teams
01/14/2017 03:24 PM
The #14 Louisville Cardinals are above .500 in ACC play for the first time this season after topping #7 Duke 78-69 on Saturday inside the KFC Yum! Center.
After starting conference play 0-2, courtesy of losses to #12 Virginia and #23 Notre Dame, Louisville (15-3, 3-2) has rattled off three straight ACC victories.
While the Cards are getting hot at the right time, Duke (14-4, 2-3) seems to be going in the opposite direction, falling in three of its last five ACC match-ups.
The difference maker for UofL on Saturday was center Anas Mahmoud. Mahmoud scored a career-high 17 points in addition to hauling in 11 rebounds. He was efficient both in the field and at the free throw line, shooting 6-9 (66.6%) from the field and 5-7 (71.4%) from the charity stripe.
The big man’s performance down low helped give UofL a 36-26 advantage over Duke in points in the paint.
Mahmoud was not the only Cardinal player in double-digits though.
Guard Donovan Mitchell tacked on 15 points, guard Quentin Snider added 13 points and forward Ray Spalding scored 11 points.
Many of those points came as a result of Louisville’s sharp shooting in the second half. As a team, Louisville went 17-29 (58.6%) from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Leading Duke on the stat sheet was guard Grayson Allen. Allen, who was booed by the home crowd every time he touched the ball, finished the game with a team-high 23 points and team-high nine rebounds.
The Cards are back in action Thursday night at 9 ET when they host Clemson.