After their toughest non-conference schedule in recent memory, perhaps ever, the Cards began ACC play hosting Miami.
Despite a rough beginning to the game, Louisville turned it on in the second half for a convincing 90-73 win.
Miami had yet to beat a Power 5 team this season, but is coming off a close loss to NC State. They’ve had to play with a painfully small rotation due to injury and suspension.
Louisville was looking to bounce back after a disheartening loss to rival Kentucky last week and end their five-game home stand with a victory.
The Cards scored the first two points of the game, but the next 12 minutes were all Miami. The Canes started the game unconscious from beyond the arc, while the Cards started out rough, shooting poorly and not defending well, which allowed Miami to get up to as much as a 15-point lead ten minutes into the game.
But then Louisville, led by Jordan Nwora, went on a 20-7 run to get within two points with just under five minutes left. They had a hard time scoring in those last five minutes, going on another little scoring drought but were still able to keep the game close, and heading into halftime only down 41-40.
Jordan Nwora scored 18 points in the first 20 minutes and Dwayne Sutton put up another 11.
The squads stayed close for the early second half. Before Louisville went ahead with a Malik Williams three-pointer around six minutes into the half.
It wasn’t very close after that, as the Cards ran away with it and further increasing the lead as the game wound on. They were up by 18 at one point before the final whistle.
Turnovers, having been a constant cause of concern during non-conference play, were not not nearly an issue tonight as Louisville only turned it over seven times. They also had 19 assists during the game.
Jordan Nwora led all scorers with 20 points on 8-16 shooting. Malik Williams put up a double-double with 19 points and grabbing 11 boards, leading all rebounders. Sutton, Christen Cunningham and Ryan McMahon also scored in double figures.
McMahon, who had been in a shooting slump the past few games, almost got a double-double himself with 12 points and nine assists.
Louisville moves to 10-4 on the season (1-0 ACC). Miami falls to 8-6 (0-2 ACC).
The Cards hit the road for the first time in almost a month as they face Pittsburgh on January 9.<