After beating #11 Virginia Tech, #16 Louisville stayed on the road to face #22 Florida State.
Although up by as many as ten points during the game, the Cards succumbed to their numerous turnovers and fouls and lost 80-75 in overtime.
Florida State had played really well during the non-conference season, but has struggled in ACC play and are looking for more wins to stay competitive.
After receiving very good news in the preliminary NCAA bracket rankings, the Cards are looking to put another ranked win under their belt, with better tournament seeding and a potential double-bye in the ACC tournament still up for grabs.
The Cards went on an early 5-0 run, more thanks to the Seminoles not being able to buy a bucket than anything Louisville was doing. They increased the lead to nine points before Florida State was finally able to right the ship and start challenging.
Florida State battled back eventually, going on a 12-0 run to get a 17-14 lead. The two teams stayed close to each other before the Cards went on a 14-2 run to close out the half with a 31-25 lead.
Christen Cunningham had 13 points and five rebounds in the half.
In the second half, the two squads remained neck-and-neck, with neither team able to get out ahead by too much until three-straight Ryan McMahon three-pointers gave the Cards a ten point lead.
The Seminoles got the deficit back to single digits, thanks to Louisville foul trouble and turnovers.
Florida State got it to within one with under three minutes to go, until Malik Williams scored his first points of the game to get it back up to four.
But the Seminoles continued to take advantage of the Cards’ many turnovers, tying the game back up at 63 with just over a minute left to go.
The teams traded buckets as the game wound down. Jordan Nwora threw up a long three-pointer that didn’t go in, and the Seminoles couldn’t make their game-winning attempt and the game was sent to overtime.
The bottom fell out of Louisville’s game at the beginning of the overtime period, with several turnovers and fouls that allowed Florida State to get up to an eight-point lead.
The Cards were able to get to within two points as the extra five minutes wound down, but were unable to regain the lead and suffered their third ACC loss.
Turnovers were a big story in this game for Louisville, who had a season-high 23 for the game which Florida State turned into 32 points.
Also an issue were fouls. The Cards fouled 28 times in the game, which allowed the Seminoles to shoot 36 free throws, making 27 of them.
Christen Cunningham led Louisville with 20 points on 6-13 shooting, while also contributing six assists. He and Malik Williams led the team in rebounds, grabbing seven boards each.
Jordan Nwora and Dwayne Sutton also scored in double figures.
Louisville falls to 17-7 on the season (8-3 ACC). Florida State moves to 18-5 (6-4 ACC).
The Cards return home to face #2 Duke on February 12.
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.