After a upset win in overtime against #9 Michigan State, the Cards were looking to carry that momentum on the road against Seton Hall.
Much like the last game it took almost the entire forty minutes, but Louisville was able to come back and beat the Pirates 70-65.
The teams had identical records going into this game. Seton Hall has some positive momentum after winning the Wooden Legacy Championship last week.
Louisville struggled early against the stout Pirate defense, shooting poorly and letting Seton Hall get out to an early 12-point lead.
Shots started falling for the Cards as the first half wore on, and they closed the gap.
The Pirates managed to hold Louisville until the final seconds of the half, when a Dwayne Sutton layup gave the Cards a 36-34 lead headed into halftime.
This was despite no points from Jordan Nwora, the team’s leading scorer so far this season. However, Sutton picked up the slack, scoring 12 points in the first half.
The second half played out much like the first. Seton Hall scored 14 points In five minutes to gain an early nine-point lead and it that took the Cards almost the entire rest of the game to come back.
After Christen Cunningham hit a three-pointer with just under five minutes left to tie it up at 59, VJ King hit a layup to take the lead.
The Pirates stayed close in the final minutes, but thanks to a trey by Ryan McMahon and clutch free throw shooting Louisville kept their opponents at bay to get the win.
In a complete opposite of the Michigan State game, which saw the Cards get demolished on the glass, Louisville outrebounded Seton Hall 42-28.
In addition to the spotty shooting, the Cards had other issues, namely turnovers. They turned the ball over 16 times
Sutton was the Cards’ leading scorer with 12 points on 4-9 shooting. He was also the leading rebounder with nine boards.
All ten players who saw time for Louisville scored.
Louisville moves to 5-2 on the season. Seton Hall falls to 4-3.
The Cards head back home to host Central Arkansas on December 5.<