After beating Miami in their season opener, the #5 Cards head home to face Youngstown State.
Thanks to a fantastic second half, Louisville crushed the Penguins 78-55.
Youngstown State is coming off demolishing Div. III team Thiel 101-53 and are picked to place fourth in the Horizon League this season.
Louisville looked impressive for most of the Miami game, but let their lead slip in the final minutes. The Cards were hoping to have a complete game against the Penguins.
Louisville went on a 7-0 run to start the game. They made 11 of their first 12 shots. They stayed ahead of Youngstown State by around 10-15 points for most of the first half.
The first half wasn’t perfect for the Cards. They were up by 17 at one point late in the half when the Penguins went on a 10-0 run to get the deficit down to single digits with a score of 38-31.
Steven Enoch scored 13 points in the first half.
Six quick points as the second half opened got the lead back up to double digits. And Louisville kept increasing the lead as the game progressed, going on an 11-0 run to get the lead up to 21 points with about 12 minutes to go, and kept increasing the lead as the game progressed.
Jordan Nwora led all scorers with 21 points on 10-16 shooting.
Enoch had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Darius Perry also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists, while only turning the ball over once.
Ryan McMahon had 17 points, making four out his seven three-pointers. Samuell Williamson was the only other Cardinal to score in double-figures with
Louisville excelled at ball movement, netting 22 assists including the 12 by Perry.
The Cards did well defensively, causing 11 turnovers and scoring 13 points off them.
The team did struggle in some areas, being outrebounded 46-38 by the Penguins, who got 25 second-chance points as a result.
Louisville moves to 2-0 on the season (1-0 ACC). Youngstown State falls to 1-1 (0-0 Horizon).
The Cards stay at home for a game against Indiana State on November 13.<