Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 75 – Western Kentucky 54: Cards Crush The Hilltoppers

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The Cards skinned the Prairie View A&M Panthers on Sunday night, but faced their toughest test of this young season against Western Kentucky.

Louisville overcame a rocky start to dominate the Hilltoppers 75-54.

These two teams have met dozens of times in the past, with Louisville having a distinct 8-27 advantage.

This years contest shaped up to be quite interesting. The Hilltoppers were 2-1 but their only loss was a close game against #15 West Virginia.

WKU’s elite big man Charles Bassey is averaging a double-double so far this season, although he did get injured against the Mountaineers but was expected to play. Also injured was the Tops’ leading scorer, Taveion Hollingsworth, who was a game-time decision coming into this game but also started.

But with Louisville’s own veteran big men still months away from playing, it would be a tough challenge inside for the Cards.

Louisville opened the game with a 5-0 run, the Tops battled back and got a big lead of their own. WKU actually led for most of the first 20 minutes, going up by much as eight at one point.

The Cards would not be denied though, ending the first half with an 18-4 run to go into halftime up 34-29.

David Johnson had 11 points in the first 20 minutes. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Louisville blew the game wide open in the second half, staying ahead of WKU before a 12-0 run with seven minutes left put the Tops away for good.

The Cards gots the lead up to 23 in the final minute.

While the Tops had the advantage for most of the game, Louisville pulled down a few more boards at the end to beat WKU on the glass 34-31.

The Cards shot almost twice as many free throws as their opponents, shooting 15-20 from the charity stripe.

Louisville also took advantage of the Hilltoppers’ 21 turnovers, converting them into 21 points of their own.

Dre Davis led Louisville with 21 points on 7-9 shooting.

David Johnson did a little bit of everything this game. 17 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

Carlik Jones put up 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Jae’Lyn Withers was the team’s leading rebounder with nine boards.

The Cards move to 4-0 for the season. The Hilltoppers fall to 2-2.

The Cards wrap up their five-game home stand with a matchup against UNC Greensboro on December 4.

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