After thoroughly lambasting Indiana State on Wednesday, the #4 Louisville Cardinals looked to keep the momentum going against NC Central as part of the Global Sports Shootout.
And despite a slow start, the Cards eventually poured it on the Eagles and won 87-58.
NC Central has split their first two game this season and are looking for an upset win such as the one Evansville laid on Kentucky on November 12. They have struggled this year, leading the NCAA in turnovers per game, but are picked to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Louisville wants to keep moving up the national rankings, and more lopsided victories would be just the ticket. And they are still not up to full strength, as David Johnson and Malik Williams did not play in the game but are reportedly showing great progress.
The Cards went on an 8-0 run to start the game, but it took them several minutes to get any kind of lead. This was in part due to good Eagles defense and some typical streaky Louisville offense. NCC always seemed to stay within 10 points or so of the Cards as the half wore on.
In the closing minutes of the first half Louisville started to increase the lead slowly, before breaking out a 19-4 run capped by a Darius Perry three-pointer to end the half with a 43-19 lead.
Steven Enoch and Dwayne Sutton each scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
The Eagles started scoring again in the second half, but the lead remained around 20 points. The Cards started increasing the lead in earnest midway through the second half. This was thanks to Louisville shooting 66.7 percent from the field for the game, including 47.6 percent from three-point range.
The lead got up to 32 with just over two minutes to go in the game, before NCC when on a short run to get the final score to 87-58.
Jordan Nwora led all scorers with 17 points on 5-10 shooting, including 3-6 from beyond the arc. Steven Enoch, Dwayne Sutton and Darius Perry also scored in double-figures.
Perry had seven assists along with his 11 points.
Aidan Igiehon a.k.a “The Irish Hulk” was the leading rebounder, grabbing seven boards.
Louisville moves to 4-0 on the season (1-0 ACC). NC Central falls to 1-2.
Louisville continues hosting teams from the Carolinas as they face SC Upstate on November 20 as the Global Sports Shootout continues.<