The product we saw on Denny Crum court was far from perfect on Sunday afternoon, but in the end David Padgett started his head coaching career with a 71-62 ein over George Mason.
The University of Louisville men’s basketball program hasn’t lost a home game in the month of November since 1972. I imagine there was a good portion of the 18,304 fans in attendance at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday afternoon that thought that impressive streak could come to an end.
Louisville trailed George Mason by three at halftime after shooting just 28% from the floor in the first twenty minutes of play. The Cards trailed the majority of the second half before putting together a late run and take control.
The Cards earned their preseason top twenty ranking based off of returning talent. All five of David Padgett’s starters return with valuable experience. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the veterans that helped Louisville surge past George Mason in their season opener.
Deng Adel led the Cards with 20-points and hit a couple of big shots down the stretch, but it was freshmen Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora who gave the Cards a big lift off the bench.
Perry finished with 17-points in his Louisville debut and din’t miss a shot. Perry made all three of his three-point attempts and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Nwora connected on three corner three’s in the second half and finished the game with ten points.
Quentin Snider didn’t shoot the ball well, but did some good things throughout the game. The Louisville native finished with ten points, six rebounds and three assists.
Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spalding got the bulk of the minutes in the front-court and struggled to establish rhythm offensively. The two combined for eight points and made just three of ten field goals.
The Cards will be back on action on Friday when they host Omaha. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM.
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick also hosts The Red Zone weekdays from noon – 3:00 PM on Cards Radio 790 KRD.