Conference wins on the road are hard to come by especially in a conference as tough and deep as the ACC is this season. No. 17 Louisville traveled to play Georgia Tech and came away with a 75 – 71 win.
The Yellow Jackets came into today’s game with a 1 – 4 conference record. They have played every team tough, their four losses coming by a combined 22 points. Their biggest win was over then No. 4 Virginia.
The entire game was a back-and-forth affair with Georgia Tech using a 7 – 0 run to close out the first half and lead 39 – 32. All-in-all there were 11 lead changes in the game.
Louisville came out of the locker room and scored the first seven points of the second half to tie the game at 39. Georgia Tech then pushed the lead to eight at 49 – 41, its largest lead of the game.
Words that are usually coming out of the coaching staff are to get the ball into Chinanu Onuaku. Today it was not only to get the ball into Onuaku, but also Anas Mahmoud. Mahmoud scored a career high 15 points on 6 – 9 shooting. At times he was unstoppable inside, using a variety of spin moves and using both his right and left hands to finish.
Damion Lee led the Cardinals with 17 points while Trey Lewis regained his shooting touch to finish with 12 points. Onuaku and Donavon Mitchell were the other double figure scores finishing with 12 and 11 points respectively. Onuaku struggled with his shot finishing 4 – 11, but he did grab 11 rebounds to finish with his sixth straight double-double.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led the Yellow Jackets with 23 points and hit all 12 of his free throws. He scored seven straight late in the second half. His last two of that stretch tied the game at 69. However, Trey Lewis dished the ball inside to Mahmoud and Georges-Hunt fouled him from behind. Mahmoud, a 41 percent free throw shooter on the season, stepped up and hit both shots. After a Georgia Tech turnover, Quentin Snider made two free throws to give the Cardinals a 73 – 69 lead. Adam Smith then drove down for a layup and then Mitchell stepped up to the line for the Cardinals and iced the game.
Louisville is on the road again this Wednesday to face another tough up and coming team in Virginia
Tech. With the win Louisville improved to 16 – 3 on the season and 5 – 1 in the ACC.