Senior Day is perhaps the most emotional moment of a college basketball player’s career. That was never more evident than Louisville’s game against Georgia Tech. Damion Lee, Trey Lewis, and Dillon Avare played their final games in a Louisville uniform. It was emotional not only for the players and coaches, but for the fans as well. Fortunately for all involved, the Cardinals were able to hang on and pull out a 56 – 53 win over a very hungry Georgia Tech team.
It was a struggle putting the ball in the basket for the Cardinals for much of the game. U of L shot only 36.2 percent from the field for the game and made only 2 of their 17 three-point attempts. Fortunately for the Cardinals, Georgia Tech was not that much better, shooting only 36.7 percent and making four of its twenty three point attempts.
Georgia Tech took a 34 – 32 lead with 15:36 left in the second half. U of L then went on a 9 – 0 run. Lee broke a 34 all tie when he nailed his first and only three of the game. Chinanu Onuaku then slammed home two baskets to put the Cards up 41 – 34. Onuaku finished with a game high 17 points and 11 rebounds.
A Quentin Snider layup put the Cards ahead 49 – 38 with 8:00 to play. Then the Cards went cold. They went the next 5:30 seconds without scoring, allowing the Yellowjackets to hang around. With Louisville leading 52 – 49 with 30 seconds play, Onuaku was fouled and sent to the line. The fans collectively held their breath as Onuaku stepped up to the line for two huge free throws. Onuaku, a 56.9 percent free throw shooter, calmly swished both to put the Cards ahead by five.
Adam Smith then brought Georgia Tech to within one with 12 seconds to play. They then sent Lee to the line. Lee made both. Smith missed a three to tie the game as the horn sounded giving Louisville the win.
The win kept Louisville alive for at least a share of the regular season ACC title. They moved to 23 – 7 on the regular season and 12 – 5 in the conference.