Cardinal Basketball

Louisville 86 – Boston College 69: Cards Down Eagles in Second Half

Charles Krupa | AP

The #6 Louisville Cardinals went back on the road to face Boston College.

Thanks to a career performance by Jordan Nwora, Louisville drubbed Boston College 86-69.

The Cards are coming off one of their most convincing victories in weeks against Clemson last Saturday and were looking to continue their reign atop the ACC. The Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Virginia Tech and would need all the offensive help they could get as they are one of the worst scoring teams in the nation.

Both teams shot pretty well to start the game, and subsequently stayed close for the first 20 minutes. The Eagles would go on runs and get up by as many as nine points but then Louisville would battle back. The Cards would regain the lead and go on a little run of their own only to have Boston College respond.

Louisville was able to barely stay ahead of the Eagles and went into halftime up 45-43.

The Cards shot almost 60 percent from the field in the first half, including eight three-pointers, but

Boston College was able to stay in it by forcing 10 Cardinal turnovers and scoring 12 points off them. The Eagles also dominated inside, outscoring Louisville in the paint 16-6.

Jordan Nwora scored 20 total points in the last two games. He scored 21 points in the first half against Boston College. The Cards stayed just ahead of the Eagles early in the second before finally breaking away with about 12 minutes to go. They got the lead up to 11 points with just over ten minutes left to go, but Boston college got the deficit back to single-digits where it remained for the next several minutes.

The Cards went on a 14-2 run to get a 17-point lead with four minutes left to go to put the game away.

Jordan Nwora led all scorers with a career-high 37 points on 11-20 shooting, including 7-14 from three-point range. He broke his personal record set against the Eagles last year. He almost made it a double-double as well, grabbing nine rebounds.

Dwayne Sutton and Darius Perry also scored in double-figures.

Malik Williams led the team in rebounding with 13 boards.

Louisville moves to 18-3 on the season (9-1 ACC). Boston College falls to 10-11 (4-6 ACC).

The Cards stay on the road to face NC State on February 1.

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