The Louisville men’s basketball team moved up the rankings again and are now second in the nation. But even as they are ranked #2, they were trying not to play like #2 against SC Upstate.
And while the Cards did not dominate the Spartans quite as expected, they overcame early struggles to win handily 76-50.
SC Upstate has only won a single game so far this season. Losing to teams such as Virginia Tech and Louisville’s last opponent NC Central.
Louisville is looking to get sharper, faster and healthier as their season progress, as they only have a few more games before the competition gets much stiffer.
The Spartans had the lead for the first five minutes of the game, until a 9-0 Cards run put them up 13-8. Louisville got up to an 11-point lead in the first half before SC Upstate battled back and got to within three, but the Cards slowly increased the lead to the halftime score of 34-28.
Jordan Nwora scored 17 points in the first half.
Louisville played rather sloppy in the first half, unable to string consistent offence together. That combined with SC Upstate shooting 50% from beyond the arc in the first half led to the small deficit.
The Spartans stuck around early in the second half and regained the lead 43-40 with around 15 minutes left to go before Dwayne Sutton tied it up with a three a few minutes later to start an 8-0 run by the Cards.
Louisville never looked back after that, increasing the lead more and more as the game wore down.
Jordan Nwora led all scorers with 28 points on 11-19 shooting. Ryan McMahon was the only other Louisville player with scoring in double-figures with 15 points, all on three pointers.
Dwayne Sutton led the team in rebounds, grabbing a career-high 15 boards including 9 in the first half.
Nwora almost had a double-double with nine rebounds.
Darius Perry had nine assists for the game with zero turnovers.
David Johnson and Malik Williams, the only Cardinals left that hadn’t seen the floor due to injury, played tonight. Both played less than five minutes each and scored seven points combined, but it was a huge step for the two players.
Louisville moves to 5-0 on the season (1-0 ACC). SC Upstate falls to 1-5.
Louisville ends their run in the Global Sports Shootout by hosting Akron on November 24.<