After a way-too-close game against Notre Dame, the #11 Louisville Cardinals stayed on the road for a rematch against Pittsburgh.
In a low-scoring, overtime game the Cards finally pulled it out 73-68.
Louisville won the first game handily back in early December. Pitt has struggled since then, and most recently lost to Miami on Sunday as they try to stay relevant in the ACC.
The game unfolded much like many of Louisville’s recent contests. The Cards were slow out of the gate, going on long scoring droughts and not being able to make many buckets. This allowed the Panthers to get up to a nine-point lead with eight minutes to go in the first, but luckily their offense dried up as well and let the Cards chip away at the deficit. They were not able to regain the lead before halftime, as the teams went into halftime with Pitt up 31-28.
Steven Enoch and Dwayne Sutton each had six points in the first 20 minutes.
The Cards were outrebounded 18-15 in the first half.
The second half began much like the first ended. Neither team could shoot, which meant that the
Panthers barely stayed ahead of Louisville as the game wore on.
Pitt was up by seven with under three minutes left when the Cards went on a 7-0 run to tie it up with less than a minute to go. Neither team could score in the closing seconds and the game went into overtime.
The Cards finally regained the lead early in the OT period on a David Johnson layup. Now it was Louisville’s turn to stay barely ahead of the competition as the game wore on. Two free throws got the Panthers within two with 37 seconds left.
Some clutch free throws from the Cards (and a lucky foul or two) kept them ahead and got them the win.
In 45 minutes of total game time, Louisville only had the lead for a total of eight minutes and forty-nine seconds.
Hampering both offenses was the sheer number of fouls called during the game. There were a total of 45 fouls called on both teams, 33 in the second half and OT periods. This led to 48 total free throws. Both teams also struggled with turnovers, combining for 30 in the game.
Jordan Nwora, who only had four points in the first half, would go on to be the team’s leading scorer with 14 points on 5-13 shooting. Dwayne Sutton and David Johnson would also score in double figures.
Sutton was the teams leading rebounder, grabbing nine boards.
Louisville moves to 14-3 (5-1 ACC). Pitt falls to 11-6 (2-4 ACC).
The Cards stay on the road and face much stiffer competition as they play #3 Duke on January 18.<