Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 79 – Georgia Tech 51: Cards Squash Yellowjackets

After a crazy win against Boston College, Louisville headed back on the road to face Georgia Tech in another ACC game.

In a performance reminiscent of the North Carolina game, the Cards dominated the Yellowjackets almost from the tip and cruised to an easy 79-51 victory.

Despite their record, Georgia Tech was coming into the game as one of the deepest and best defensive teams in the conference. They were without three of their best players due to injuries, illnesses and other issues.

The Cards have proven they can hold their own against most of the ACC, but conference road wins are always valuable. And Louisville only had four more January games before running into a meat grinder of a February schedule prior to this matchup.

Georgia Tech scored first on a layup, but the rest of the game belonged to the Cards. While Louisville fans are used to streaky, up-and-down games that see the Cards and their opponents alternating leads of double-digits or more, this contest saw Louisville fairly dominant for the whole first half. Louisville seemingly scored at will, and was up by as many as 30 points at one point in the first 20 minutes before going into halftime up 43-16. Jordan Nwora outscored the Yellowjackets by himself with 21 points in the half.

Georgia Tech was able to score at a faster pace in the second half, but not nearly fast enough to catch Louisville. The Cards increased the lead to 38 points at one time.
Louisville beat the Yellowjackets in almost every statistical category and shot 47 percent from field goal range for the game. The shorthanded Georgia Tech squad was only able to make a single three-point shot.

Jordan Nwora led all scorers with 25 points on 10-16 shooting. He and Dwayne Sutton were the leading rebounders, grabbing eight boards each
Malik Williams and Steven Enoch also scored in double-figures.

Christen Cunningham almost had a double-double of his own, with 9 points and 11 assists, the most a Louisville player has had in a single game in over four years. He also did not turn the ball over once during the contest.

The Cards move to 13-5 on the season (4-1 ACC). Georgia Tech falls to 10-8 (2-3 ACC).

Louisville heads back home to face their fifth ranked opponent so far this season, NC State, on January 24.

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