Cardinal Basketball

Clemson 77 – Louisville 62: The Cards Suffer Concerning Loss

Richard Shiro, AP

The Cards loss against Georgia Tech was one of the most baffling in recent memory, perhaps ever. With their win-streak snapped and their top ten ranking and regular season title in jeopardy, they needed to right the ship in a rematch against Clemson.

Louisville’s woes continued however, as they lost to the Tigers 77-62.

The Cards’ win against Clemson on January 25 was one of the most impressive of the new year, dominating from start to finish. Louisville was hoping to channel some of that energy coming into this contest, obviously to no avail.

Those that were expecting Louisville to come out zeroed in and guns blazing were sorely disappointed, as Clemson dominated the entire first half. An 18-3 run gave the Tigers a 14-point lead with ten minutes left in the first half.

While Louisville started scoring, Clemson scored more, increasing their lead to 17 in the final seconds before heading into halftime up 31-14.

Dwayne Sutton scored eight points in the first 20 minutes.

Chris Mack shook things up with the starting lineup in the game, most notably having Jordan Nwora come off the bench for the first time in 55 games. Nwora didn’t do the best in this role initially, only taking three shots and scoring zero points.

The second half didn’t go much better. The Tigers increased their lead to 21 five minutes into the second. Louisville went on a 10-0 run a few minutes later to get the deficit down to 10 points, but that’s as close as they came. The Cards remained anywhere from 10-15 points behind for the rest of the game.

Louisville only shot 35 percent from the field for the game, nothing compared to Clemson’s 51 percent. Turnovers were also an issue, with the Cards having seven turnovers in the game which Clemson converted to 13 points.

The Cards did outrebound their opponents 39-34 and outscored them in the paint 32-22.

Dwayne Sutton led the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-15 shooting. David Johnson was the only other Cardinal to score in double-figures with 12 points.

While Jordan Nwora had another disappointing offensive game, only scoring five points on 1-5 shooting, he did lead the team in rebounds with nine boards.

Louisville falls to 21-3 on the season (12-3 ACC). Clemson moves to 13-12 (7-9 ACC).

The Cards return home to face Syracuse on February 19.

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