Cardinal Basketball

Boston College 66 – Louisville 59: Cards Continue To Crumble

Chris Humphrey

Fans, players and coaches alike knew that the month of February would be tough for Louisville men’s basketball. But few expected the slate of games to go as poorly as it has. But the Cards had a chance to regain some positive momentum as February drew to a close and they approached the last part of the season with a game against Boston College.

Alas, thanks to poor shooting and plenty of turnovers, Louisville lost their third-straight game 66-59.

Boston College was looking to avenge their January 10 loss to Louisville, and were in desperate need of any and all wins they can get to keep any postseason hopes alive.

Louisville found themselves out of the top 25 for the first time in over a month, and while their place somewhere in the NCAA tournament was pretty much assured, precious seeding was still up for grabs as well as any positive momentum.

Both teams stayed close for the first half, mainly because Louisville couldn’t play well enough to get any kind of lead. The Cards only hit nine of 23 field goals in the first 20 minutes, and needed a 9-0 run as the half wound down just to get to halftime with a one-point lead.

Steven Enoch had 10 points in the half.

The second half was much of the same. Louisville made more shots, but the Golden Eagles shot just a little better, and the teams swapped leads several times.

The Cards had a lead around five points for most of the second-half, but Boston College was able to tie it up again.

The game was tied at 53 with just under three minutes left to go, until the Eagles went on a 13-6 run to end the game, never allowing Louisville to get close.

The Cards shot poorly for the whole game, with just under 29 percent from field goal range and just over 20 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Turnovers were also a big issue in this game. Louisville had 14 turnovers which the Eagles converted into 11 points.

This loss came in despite the Cards dominating Boston College on the boards 53-38.

Enoch led the team with 22 points on 9-17 shooting.

Jordan Nwora was the only other Cardinal with double-figures, earning a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Dwayne Sutton and Malik Williams each grabbed 10 boards.

Louisville falls to 18-11 on the season (9-7 ACC). Boston College moves to 14-13 (5-10 ACC).

The Cards gear up for their last two games of the regular season, starting with Notre Dame on March 3.

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