After just their second loss of the season and a precipitous drop back out of the polls, the Louisville Cardinals tried to right the ship against Florida State.
But the Seminoles streak against Louisville continues as FSU thumped the Cards 78-65.
The two schools have similar records both in and out of conference but FSU has always had length and athleticism that has given the Cards fits.
Louisville’s stay in the top 20 lasted all of a week, and they’re hungry to stop the bleeding and prove they belong amongst the best in the country.
The game didn’t start very welll for the Cards. The Seminoles got up to a 10-point lead early and never looked back.
The Cards couldn’t put together a proper response, and FSU got up to a 24-point lead with just under five minutes to go in the first half. Louisville closed the gap somewhat as the half wound down with a 12-2 run, but still headed into halftime down 42-28.
David Johnson led the team with nine points in the first half.
The Cards chipped away at the deficit even further early in the second half, with a 9-2 run bringing it within single digits about halfway through.
But Louisville couldn’t do enough to get any closer, and the Seminoles increased the lead and held on for victory.
Carlik Jones led the team in scoring with 17 points on 5-12 shooting.
Jae’Lyn Withers almost had a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
David Johnson almost joined him with 15 and eight.
Samuell Williamson was the only other Cardinal in double-figures with 12 points.
Florida State moves to 8-2 for the season (3-1 ACC). Louisville falls to 9-3 (4-2 ACC).
The Cards will try not to lose three-straight against Duke on January 23.<