In their first losing streak of the season, the #13 Louisville Cardinals look to right the ship against Miami.
The Cards overcame some poor shooting in the second half and a nearly blown lead to get their second win over the Hurricanes 74-58.
The two teams have already met once in the season opener, which Louisville won handily 87-74. The Hurricane’s have lost three more games, albeit one to #2 Duke, and were looking to get to .500 in ACC play.
The Cards were reeling after two-straight losses to Kentucky and Florida State. But some of the program’s best years have included several consecutive losses. They still have plenty of kinks to work out if they planned on performing well in the conference and postseason and hoped to end their homestand with a win.
In a marked difference from the last two contests, Louisville got a double-digit lead in the first half. Playing with skill and passion that coaches and fans hadn’t seen for a few weeks. The Cards got the lead up to 20 points with just over seven minutes left in the half.
Louisville has gotten large leads before…and gave a few away. That lead was cut in two by halftime, with the Cards going into the locker room up 43-32.
Jordan Nwora scored 13 in the first half. And some other teammates contributed offensively too.
All the offense by both teams seemed to dry up early in the second half. Neither team did much scoring.
The lead stayed around ten points for most of the half. Miami got the deficit down to five with less than ten minutes to go and it stayed that way for another few minutes.
The Cards eventually found their shooting touch. Louisville’s first three-pointer of the second half came via Ryan McMahon with just over three minutes left to take an 11-point lead.
The Cards’ newfound scoring in the final minutes widened the lead and kept the Hurricanes at bay as the game went final.
Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch both earned double doubles. Nwora had 19 points and 12 rebounds while Enoch scored 12 and grabbed 10 boards. Dwayne Sutton almost got one as well. He led the team with 13 rebounds but could only manage nine points.
Darius Perry and Malik Williams also scored in double-figures with ten points each.
Louisville moves to 12-3 for the season (3-1 ACC). Miami falls to 9-5 (1-3 ACC).
The Cards begin a three-game road trip starting with Notre Dame on January 11.<