Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 64 – Pittsburgh 46: Cards Pull Away From Panthers

Chris Humphrey

After smoking #4 Michigan, the #1 Cards faced their second-ACC opponent of the season, Pittsburgh.

And Louisville remains undefeated in conference play, thumping the Panthers 64-46.

Pitt was looking to extend a five-game win streak while also beating their first ranked opponent.

Louisville was looking to keep perfecting their game and get another conference win in the bargain.

The two teams stayed close to each other in the early game. The Cards got six-point leads a couple times, but the Panthers always fought back.

Pitt went on a 6-0 run to tie the game up at 11 with just under fifteen minutes to go in the half. Louisville responded with an 11-0 run of their own. The Cards got up to a 12-point lead with under eight minutes left to play, but the Panthers were able to stick around and keep the deficit at single digits.

But with around four minutes to go in the half, Louisville went on an 8-0 run to get their halftime lead up to 35-21.

All eight Cardinals who played in the first 20 minutes made a three-point shot. The Cards shot very well from three-point range in the first half, making nine of their 17 attempts from beyond the arc.

Pitt started scoring early in the second half, getting the deficit back down to five points with 12 minutes to go.

And Louisville fans’ collective hearts skipped a few beats when Nwora went down with an apparent shoulder injury with about 10 minutes to go. After being out for a few minutes he would return to the game.

The Cards would finally get the lead back up to double digits courtesy of a 13-0 run that made the score 60-42 with just under five minutes to go.

The Cards increased the lead as the game wound down, getting up to 20 at one point before settling on the final score.

The Cards had good ball movement during the game, making 17 total assists, including five each from Dwayne Sutton and Darius Perry.

And while they moved the ball well, Louisville didn’t do it perfectly, turning the ball over 13 times. This led to 12 points for Pitt. However, the Cards scored 14 points off 12 Panther turnovers.

Jordan Nwora led all scorers with 19 points on 7-12 shooting.

Malik Williams earned a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards.

Ryan McMahon was the only other Cardinal to score in double-digits with 11 points.

Louisville moves to 9-0 on the season (2-0 ACC). Pittsburgh falls to 7-3 (1-1 ACC).

The Cards head to New York City to face Texas Tech on December 10 as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

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