The Cards were looking to continue their reign atop the ACC, their ten-game win streak and their top five spot as they faced of against Georgia Tech again.
In what may be their worst-played game in recent memory, Louisville lost to the Yellow Jackets 64-58.
The Cards definitely didn’t want a repeat of their January 22 match-up against Tech. Louisville went from down eight to up by 11 to within a single point all in the second half before they hit some clutch free throws to get the win.
It didn’t start out well. The Cards couldn’t hit much of anything and the Yellow Jackets soon had an 11-point lead early in the game. Louisville would go on little runs to get the deficit down but then Georgia Tech would bump it back up to double-digits.
The Yellow Jackets were up by 10 with four minutes left in the half when the Cards went on a 5-0 run to go into halftime down 31-26.
Malik Williams had nine points in the first 20 minutes.
Three-pointers are a cornerstone of the Louisville offense, but they couldn’t buy a trey in the first half.
Their first make from beyond the arc came with just 90 seconds left in the half. They shot less than 35% from the field.
The second half didn’t start out much better, with the deficit remaining about the same for the first 15 minutes or so. The Cards’ offense was so bad that Tech would often go minutes without scoring but kept the lead.
Louisville finally decided to start making three-pointers with five minutes left, hitting two in a row to get within one.
The Cards were down by one with 18 seconds left, but the Yellow Jackets hit their free throws and
Louisville had costly turnovers and couldn’t close the deal.
Louisville only shot 34% from the field for the game and made just three three-pointers.
Malik Williams and David Johnson led the team with 16 points each.
Dwayne Sutton pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Cards, while almost making it a double-double with nine points scored.
Jordan Nwora struggled in the last match-up against Tech, and his problems continued tonight as he only took four shots, missing all of them and scoring his only two points on free throws.
Louisville falls to 21-4 for the year (12-2 ACC). Georgia Tech moves to 12-13 (6-8 ACC).
The Cards will look to bounce back as they stay on the road for a rematch against Clemson on February 15.<