College Basketball – Cards Come up Short at Duke 72 – 65

No. 13 Louisville’s only remaining goal is to win the ACC regular season title.  They traveled to Durham to face Duke tied for first place with North Carolina at 8 – 2 in the conference.  Their hopes took a hit as they fell to the Blue Devils 72 – 65.

This was the first time Louisville has faced Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium in 33 years.  Louisville scored the first basket of the game, but struggled for the rest of the first half eventually trailing 35 – 24 at the half.

Greyson Allen, Duke’s leading scorer, was on fire in the first half scoring 16 points.  However, the Cardinals defense made it tough on him in the second half holding him to only three points.

With Duke up 44 – 30 early in the second half Louisville used a 13 – 0 run over a 5:21 span to get back in the game.  They kept it close, eventually taking the lead with 6:13 remaining on a Quentin Snider three point play.  Snider finished with 12 points, but fouled out with 2:01 remaining.

After Raymond Spalding’s jump hook tied the game at 60, Duke hit 10 – 12 free throws to ice the game.  Duke hit 21 free throws to 10 for the Cardinals in the game.

Donovan Mitchell came off of the bench to lead the Cardinals with 17 points on 7 – 11 shooting.  As a freshman he has plenty of room for improvement, but he continually steps up in the big games showing Louisville fans that the future is bright.

Damion Lee, coming off a missed game against Boston College, struggled to get anything going.  Lee made only 3 of his 15 shots and missed all five of his three point attempts.  He uncharacteristically missed two free throws as well.

The starting frontcourt of Chinanu Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson struggled mightily against the Blue Devils.  Onuaku was plagued once again with foul trouble and scored only two points in only 22 minutes.  As has been the case the entire season, the moving screen has been his nemesis.  Johnson scored only two points and grabbed six rebounds.

Louisville’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this Saturday as they travel to face Notre Dame at 4:00.