After a close win against Lipscomb, Louisville looked to continue their home stand against Kent State.
Thanks to an excellent offensive effort, the Cards cruised to a 83-70 victory.
Kent State had only lost one game going into this matchup and had won the last six straight, including an upset victory over Vanderbilt. They feature Jaylin Walker, who’s eighth in the nation in scoring at 24.5 ppg.
Both squads stayed close for the first ten minutes of the game, before a combination of great shooting and lockdown defense from the Cards allowed them to break away. The Cards shot 60 percent from the field, including twelve from Christen Cunningham.
Defensively, Louisville forced seven turnovers which they converted to 13 points. They also held Jaylin Walker to six points in the first twenty minutes and went into halftime up 45-28.
While the Cards were not able to keep the Golden Eagles from making some more shots, they weren’t able to get anywhere near the lead as Louisville cruised to victory. Some Kent State runs, mainly triggered by a resurgent Jaylin Walker, allowed the Golden Eagles to chip away at the lead, but the Cards continued to make baskets to increase the deficit again.
Cunningham shot 5-6 for 17 points to lead the Cards in scoring. Jordan Nwora earned a double-double with his 13 points and ten boards to be the game’s leading rebounder. Dwayne Sutton and Malik Williams also scored in double figures in the game.
Louisville now has a 8-3 record. Kent State falls to 8-2 on the season.
Louisville tries to continue their win streak against Robert Morris on December 21.<
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.