It took #4 Louisville almost the entire game, but they finally outlasted Miami at home 71-66.
The Cards didn’t score for over five minutes into the game, weren’t in double figures until 10 minutes in and were sluggish offensively for much of the first half. Down by as much as 14, the whittled the lead down to seven going into halftime.
This was all part of a wild first half that saw a ref sidelined a few minutes after hurting his leg and a fan get tackled and arrested by security after running onto the court during a timeout.
Louisville used offensive rebounds and second-chance points to further decrease the lead in the second half before a Mangok Mathiang free throw gave the Cards their first lead of the game with just over five minutes left.
This was part of a 13-0 run that saw Louisville take a eight point lead near the end of the game before Miami came back to tie it.
The Cards scored 10 points in the final 90 seconds to keep the Hurricanes at bay.
Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 18 points each and seven three-pointers between them.
It was Adel’s first game back from a one-game suspension against Virginia for missing curfew.
Also returning from suspension was forward Mangok Mathiang, who scored 7 points and tied Jalen Johnson for a team-high 8 rebounds. Johnson would also score 10 points.
Back in action after an injury was guard Quentin Snider, sidelined the last six games with a strained hip flexor. He finished with 13 points, including three three-pointers.
Louisville moves to a 20-5 record (8-4 ACC) and remain tied with Duke for fourth place in the conference. Miami falls to 16-8 (6-6 ACC).
The Cards go back on the road to play Syracuse on Monday, February 13.
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.