The #6 Louisville Cardinals conference season continues unabated as they faced Clemson.
And while their past few games went down to the wire, the Cards beat the Tigers convincingly 80-62.
Clemson won four out of their last five coming into this game, including a victory over #8 Duke. Louisville holds the top spot in the conference by one game but have struggled in recent matchups.
Darius Perry scored eight of the Cards’ first 11 points. Louisville went on a 20-0 run in the middle of the half to get up to a 22-point lead, their largest of the half. The Cards didn’t let Clemson get momentum and when into halftime up 47-26.
Louisville shot 66 percent from the field in the first half. Perry, Jordan Nwora and Samuell Williamson each scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
The Cards got the lead up to 26 early in the second half. The Tigers would score a little but get nowhere near retaking the lead, and the deficit stayed around 20 points for the rest of the game.
Louisville was the first team to score 80 points on Clemson this season.
The Cards dominated inside, outrebounding Clemson 41-29 and outscoring them 28-12 in the paint.
Darius Perry led all scorers with 19 points on 7-12 shooting. Steven Enoch, Jordan Nwora and Samuell Williamson also scored in double-figures.
Dwayne Sutton was the leading rebounder, pulling down 11 boards.
Louisville moves to 17-3 for the season (8-1 ACC). Clemson falls to 8-5 (4-5 ACC). It’s the Cards’ best start to conference play since joining the ACC in 2014.
The Cards close out the month with a game at Boston College on January 29.<