Cardinal Basketball

Marquette 77 – Louisville 74: Cards Can’t Close In Brooklyn

After the Cards fell to #5 Tennessee, they were looking to leave Brooklyn with a win against Marquette.

However, an inability to make inside shots down the stretch and a egregious error by the officials led to Louisville losing their second game in a row 77-74.

The two teams have been longtime rivals in several different conferences. The Golden Eagles remained in the Big East while Louisville moved on to the ACC. Louisville has won 42 of their contests as opposed to 26 for Marquette.

Marquette is a tough squad who has flirted with the top 25 all season and is coming off a single-digit loss to #2 Kansas.

Louisville opened the game with two three pointers to gain a quick 6-2 lead, but then missed their next eight shots while the Golden Eagles went on a 7-0 run to take the lead.

The Cards were able to start scoring again midway through the quarter, going on a 9-0 run of their own and getting a 18-11 lead.

Marquette was able to battle back to within two points, but Louisville kept ahead and went into halftime up 35-30.

The Cards remained in the lead as the second half began, but were unable to keep the Golden Eagles from hanging around. A 9-0 run finally sent Marquette ahead with six and a half minutes left in the game. Louisville would get the lead back, but the Golden Eagles would stay annoyingly close for the remainder of the game, thanks to their ability to draw fouls and make resulting free throws, before tying it up again at 68 in the final seconds.

Early in the first half, Jordan Nwora made a three-pointer that was instead ruled a two by officials. This would later come to bite the Cards later as they could not make another basket in the final seconds and went into their first overtime game of the season.

Christen Cunningham was the leading scorer with 16 points on 5-12 shooting. Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch also scored in double figures. The Cards played 10 men during the game, and everybody scored.

Nwora and VJ King led the team in rebounds, grabbing seven boards each.

The Cards fall to 3-2 on the season. Marquette goes to 4-2.

Louisville’s opponents don’t get any easier, as they host #11 Michigan State as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on November 27.

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