Cards Overcome Slow Start; Win 92-60
Of course, all of those things became magnified when Louisville started the game down 7-0 in the first two minutes. It started to look like the aspect of Louisville's game that shouldn't have suffered without Quentin Snider, defense, was going to suffer just as much as every other aspect. To be frank, Louisville looked bad. They continued to look bad as they sputtered their way through the first half, trailing 21-12 with 9:12 remaining when Rick Pitino called a timeout. That timeout must have done the trick, as the Cards went on a 8-0 run to cut the lead to 1 over the next two and a half minutes. Clemson nailed a three to snuff the run, but Louisville wasn't done booming the Tigers. Louisville used its momentum to finish the half on a 29-10 run, leading 41-31 following a Donovan Mitchell three at the buzzer. It was Donovan Mitchell's eighth shot of the half, and his eighth make.
The second half belonged completely to the Cards, although it didn't belong to Mitchell. After an 8/8 shooting performance in the first half, he was a whopping 0/7 in the second half. He finished the game with greater than 50% shooting from the field, but there may come a time when his hot hand is needed for more than just stretches of the game. The rest of the Louisville team picked up Mitchell's slack in the second half with four Cardinals scoring 8 or more points in the second half. This included Jaylen Johnson, who picked up a monster 10 and 8 in 12 second half minutes to finish his double double before being ejected for his role in a near fight. Johnson and Clemson's Elijah Thomas both received a technical foul before failing to break it up and receiving second technical fouls, resulting in their ejections. They were Johnson's first two fouls, but he was gone nonetheless. Since the ejection came at the hands of two technical fouls, there is no automatic suspension. Hopefully, additional punishment is not handed down, as Louisville can likely not afford to be without Snider and Johnson against Florida State tomorrow.
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opportunity to show off their talents. If those two guys can both come into their own in the second half of this season, Louisville will be much better for it. The two combined for 32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, only 3 turnovers, and only 1 foul. The Cards have needed these two to have a game like this, and what better than when they'll be desperately needed going forward without Snider.
Louisville's next test will be a big one, as the Cards travel to Tallahassee tomorrow. Rick Pitino's squad will take on the 10th ranked Seminoles, who lost their first ACC game last week against North Carolina. Florida State is no joke this year with wins over Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Notre Dame. Louisville still has the ability to win without Quentin Snider, as they showed last night, but it will take another heroic shooting effort from the team. The game begins at 2PM and will be televised on ESPN. Here's hoping for a positive result.
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