After Carlik Jones saved the #25 Louisville Cardinals from losing three-straight against Duke, they are looking to start a winning streak against Clemson.
But a stout defensive effort from the Tigers plus poor shooting from both teams equaled yet another Louisville loss 54-50.
The Cards had been flirting with the top 25 the whole month of January, and found themselves back in the rankings this week. Louisville was looking to get a win streak going again and reclaim the top spot in the ACC.
Clemson had also spent most of this month ranked but was on a three-game losing streak heading into this game.
Like so many contests this season, the two teams stayed close for most of the game.
The Tigers could only get up to a six-point lead in the first quarter, but the Cards always fought back. Not enough to get more than a few points ahead at any time though.
Neither team scored very much, and Clemson couldn’t didn’t have a point in the final three minutes. But Louisville couldn’t capitalize much and went into halftime only up 22-21.
JJ Traynor had six points in the first 20 minutes.
The second half was much the same. Bad shooting, low scoring and boring play.
In the last five minutes of the game, the Cards had a bit of a scoring drought and let Clemson get a eight-point lead.
Louisville closed the gap a little bit as the game wound down, but could not shoot well enough to regain the lead.
Carlik Jones led the Cards with 11 points on 4-14 shooting. He was the only player to score in double-figures.
Jae’Lyn Withers was the leading rebounder with 12 boards.
Clemson moves to 10-4 for the season (4-4 ACC). Louisville falls to 10-4 (5-3 ACC).
The Cards next scheduled matchup with Boston College has been postponed, so the next game for Louisville with be against Georgia Tech on February 1.<