The Cards headed into 2021 with a 6-1 record and a win over the rival Kentucky Wildcats. They began the new year and their proper conference schedule against Boston College.
Louisville overcame a rough start to get a convincing 76-64 win.
The Eagles were looking to climb from the bottom of the ACC, having yet to win a conference game before this matchup and with a 2-6 record.
The Cards had only lost one game, but their past few contests had been really rough and they were looking to fine-tune their play.
Louisville was slow out of the gate, allow Boston College to get a seven-point lead early in the game.
But the Cards responded with a 16-2 run to take the lead, which they kept widening as the half went on.
Louisville went into halftime with a 37-24 lead. David Johnson scored 14 points.
The Cards increased their lead to 17 early in the second half before the Eagles started to chip away.
They went on an 8-0 run with about 12 minutes to go to get within seven points, but couldn’t get closer than that as Louisville kept them at bay.
The Cards again dominated inside, with 36 points in the paint and outrebounding their foes 42-30.
Louisville did have an issue with turnovers, committing 14 which the Eagles converted to 12 points. But Boston College turned the ball over 13 times themselves, which the Cards turned into plenty of points.
Louisville did have to overcome a deficit at the free-throw line. They shot just 17 free-throws while the Eagles shot 28.
David Johnson was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points on 7-16 shooting while also pulling down eight boards. Carlik Jones scored 15, also with eight rebounds.
Dre Davis and Samuell Williamson were the only other Cards in double-figures.
Louisville move to 7-1 (2-0 ACC). Boston College falls to 2-7 (0-3 ACC).
The Cards head back home to face #24 Virginia Tech on January 6.<