Louisville men’s basketball bounces with victory over Southeast Louisiana
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In the wake of losing to DePaul last week, the Louisville men’s basketball program took a step back on Tuesday, beating Southeast Louisiana 86-60 at KFC Yum! Center.
As you can imagine with an overwhelmed opponent, the Cardinals dominated the Lions on every level. They shot 51.7% from the field and 35.0% three-way while maintaining their opposition at 32.3, topped them 40-33 and forced 16 turnovers while having 14 of their own.
Four Cards finished in double digits, led by a 15-point / 10-rebound double-double from Malik Williams. El Ellis and Matt Cross shed 13 points each, while Mason Faulkner had 12.
Following head coach Chris Mack’s comments that the Cardinals were playing too much with the perimeter against DePaul, Louisville’s game plan against SLU had a heavy emphasis on painting. They finished with 44 points in the paint, shot 21-29 on layups and dunks, made 23 trips to the free throw line for 19 marks, while attempting 20 three-pointers in total.
The game was slow to develop from the opening point. Louisville missed a few shots early, officials called six combined offensive fouls between SLU and UofL in the first eight minutes, and the Cardinals spat the ball seven times before halftime.
But after a while, their emphasis on painting started to strengthen, ending the half with just six three-point attempts and scoring on 20 of their 35 possessions. Thanks mainly to the offensive style they played, and allowing SLU to shoot 42.3% in the first half, Louisville only took a 42-31 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Louisville’s defense was much more effective as they limited Southeast Louisiana to just 25.0% after halftime. On the other side of the field, the Cardinals’ offense has also entered a somewhat fuller rhythm. They took 14 three-pointers, sank six, while shooting 51.7 percent from the ground.
Then Louisville will hit the road again for a clash in Western Kentucky. The game against the Hilltoppers is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
(Photo by Noah Locke, Keon Clergeot: Jamie Rhodes – USA TODAY Sports)
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