Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 66 – Pittsburgh 51: Cards Off To Best ACC Start Since Joining The League

After beating yet another ranked opponent on Thursday, the #23 Louisville Cardinals had a chance to get sweet revenge against Pittsburgh. 

After a hard battle for most of the game, the Cards broke away late and trounced the Panthers 66-51. 

Pitt’s 89-86 overtime victory over Louisville on January 9 was the Panthers first conference win in almost two years and remains the Cards’ lone ACC loss so far this season. 

Pitt has struggled with their conference slate this year, beating then-#11 Florida State before losing to Syracuse and Duke both by double digits. 

Louisville looks to continue to rack up ACC wins with their buzzsaw of a February schedule drawing ever nearer. 

The two teams stayed close for the entire first quarter, the Cards got up to a six-point lead, but kept turning the ball over and allowing the Panthers to stay in the game. 

A 7-0 Pitt run gave them a four-point lead with just over two minutes to go. And while the teams traded buckets as the first half waned, the Panthers were still able to stay ahead 33-29 at the half. 

Louisville really could not get any offense going at all, only shooting 10-27 for the half. The Cards also had problems with turnovers, 11 in the first half alone. Although the Panthers were unable to convert those turnovers to very many points. 

Another issue in the first half was fouling. Jordan Nwora, usually a wellspring of offense, got two early fouls and was only able to play 12 out of the first 20 minutes, scoring three points. 

Louisville tied the game back up early in the second half. Around midway through the half, the Cards went on an 8-0 run to get up by seven. A Panthers three-pointer got the deficit to within three, but then Louisville finally found their shooting touch. 

In the final almost nine minutes of the game, the Cards went on a 18-7 run to complete bury the Panthers. Players who had struggled in the first half such as Nwora and Christen Cunningham suddenly found their game and had trouble missing shots.

Nwora led all scorers with 17 points on 6-16 shooting. 

Steven Enoch earned his second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Dwayne Sutton almost got another double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. 

Christen Cunningham got seven assists for the game. 

After getting beat on the boards against NC State, Louisville out-rebounded Pitt 39-36. 

Louisville moves to 15-5 on the season (6-1 ACC). Pittsburgh falls to 12-8 (2-5 ACC). 

Louisville wraps up the month with a matchup at Wake Forest on January 30. 

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