Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 80 – Boston College 70: Cards Hold On, Move To 3-1 In ACC Play

After giving #13 North Carolina a historic beat down in their own arena, the Louisville Cardinals returned home triumphant to face Boston College. 

After a roller coaster of a game that saw both teams up and down by double-digits, the Cards finally earned a 80-70 victory. 

Boston College has struggled so far this season. They were on a four game losing streak coming into the game and have yet to win in conference play. 

Louisville was looking maintain momentum after their impressive victory, and hoped to continue to win to gain more respect on the ACC and national level. 

The Cards did not have the blazing hot start they had against the Tar Heels. Instead it unfolded like so many of Louisville’s other games have; with Louisville unable to buy a bucket and their opponent making everything. While both squads stayed close for the first 12 minutes or so, Boston College was able to get out to a 12-point lead at one time before the Cards went on a 27-5 run and finally got the lead back and then some as the half wound down. The Louisville run continued as they increased the lead to 43-33 going into halftime. 

Jordan Nwora scored 18 points in the first half and grabbed eight rebounds. Dwayne Sutton added another 12 points and seven rebounds. 

Chris Humphrey

The stellar play continued for most of the second half. The Cards got the lead up to 23 points at one time, but the Eagles went on a late 16-0 run, whittling the deficit down to five with less than three minutes left.

But a big offensive rebound by Sutton followed by a three by Nwora in the last few minutes kept Boston College at bay and got Louisville the win. 

Nwora led all scorers with a career-high 32 points on 12-16 shooting as part of his fifth double-double of the season, also grabbing 10 rebounds. 

He was the first Louisville players to score over 30 points in a game since Wayne Blackshear December 2014. 

Sutton got his third consecutive double-double, finishing with 14 points and ten rebounds. 

The Cards beat the Eagles in almost every single statistical category, but wilted under the BC press late, something Chris Mack will definitely work on in the days and weeks ahead. 

Louisville moves to 12-5 on the season (3-1 ACC). Boston College falls to 9-7 (0-4 ACC). 

The Cards head back on the road to face Georgia Tech on January 19. 

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