Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 68 – Georgia Tech 64: Second Half Surge Gives Cards The Edge

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#6 Louisville’s road win against Duke was their biggest victory so far. The Cards are returning home after three games to face Georgia Tech.

In a repeat of so many games this season, Louisville had to come from behind to win in the final minutes 68-64.

Beating Duke propelled the Cards back into the top 10 and kept them in the running for the ACC regular season crown. They’re looking to stay there for the rest of the year. Georgia Tech was coming off two straight home losses and are trying to stay above water as the postseason looms.

The Yellowjackets had the lead for a majority of the first half. This was thanks to great Georgia Tech shooting and some poor shooting and early fouls from the Cards. The Yellowjackets shot almost 62 percent from the field in the first half. While Louisville stayed within a few points for most of the first 20 minutes, the deficit increased as halftime loomed. Georgia Tech was up by as much as seven points in the final minute of the half, before going into the locker room up 38-32.

Jordan Nwora scored more in the first half than he did in all the Duke game with nine points. Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Samuell Williamson and David Johnson all had two fouls each in the first half.
The Yellowjackets increased their lead to 11 early in the second half, but Louisville was able to go on a run and get within one-possession.

Louisville tied the game several times in the middle of the second half, before the Cards went on a 18-4 run to get a 11-point lead with less than five minutes to go.

Louisville was not out of the woods though; Georgia Tech went on a 10-0 run to battle back to within one with just over a minute left. They couldn’t make another basket, and Malik Williams hit three clutch free throws to put the game away.

Louisville was helped by the large amount of Yellowjacket turnovers. Georgia Tech was already one of the most turnover-prone teams in the nation, and they had 17 tonight, which the Cards converted to 13 points.

The Cards had four players score in double-figures for the game. Steven Enoch and Malik Williams had 13 points each, while Jordan Nwora and David Johnson both put in ten.

Nwora led the team with seven rebounds. Georgia Tech outrebounded the Cards overall 34-33.

Louisville moves to 16-3 for the year (7-1 ACC). Georgia Tech falls to 8-11 (3-6 ACC).

The Cards look to continue their winning streak as they host Clemson on January 25.

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