The Louisville Cardinals got out of January with a 4-3 record and perhaps their worst loss of the season against Clemson. February began and March loomed as the Cards looked to gain some positive momentum against Georgia Tech.
In their best performance in weeks, Louisville swatted the Yellowjackets 74-58.
The Yellowjackets have had as crazy a season as any in the ACC. They’re 4-3 in the conference but are coming off a win against #16 Florida State. They have one of the best and most experienced offenses in the ACC but have had trouble containing teams defensively.
January and February has usually been a down period for Louisville basketball under Chris Mack, and this year appears no different. Close wins mixed with befuddling losses from a team that has trouble putting a cohesive game together. They had 10 games scheduled for the rest of this season and were looking to put together the best ending possible.
The Cards went up 7-4 early before the Yellowjackets ripped off a 10-0 run. Louisville responded with an 8-0 run of their own to regain the lead with 10 minutes left in the first half.
The teams spent the next few minutes trading leads and not being able to pull away. The game was tied with 4:30 left when the Cards went on a 8-2 run to close out the half, including a last second off-balance jumper by Samuell Williamson to put Louisville ahead at halftime 33-27.
David Johnson had 14 points in the first half, including four three-pointers.
The Cards opened the second half with a 14-2 run to increase the lead to 18 points five minutes into the half. They kept the Yellowjackets from closing the gap by continuing to score and rebound, getting the lead up to 20 points with a little under three minutes left.
The Cards absolutely dominated the boards, outrebounding their opponents 56-39, including 20 offensive rebounds. This led to 20 second-chance points for Louisville.
David Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 24 points. He made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. Samuell Williamson had a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Carlik Jones was the only other Cardinal in double-figures with 12 points, also earning eight assists.
Louisville moves to 11-4 for the year (6-3 ACC). Georgia Tech falls to 8-6 (4-4 ACC).
The Cards don’t get much of a break as they continue their conference schedule against Syracuse on February 3.<