No Mangok Mathiang, Anas Mahmoud, or Raymond Spalding (all out with injuries). Jay Henderson, little used freshman guard, playing several minutes at the power forward position. David Levitch playing 16 minutes. All of this in one of the toughest venues to play in college basketball. Pittsburgh is 221 – 35 all time in the Petersen Events Center. Surely this would not go the Cardinals’ way. However, it did, and the coaching staff and the fans could not have been prouder.
I never thought I would ever write an article that begins with David Levitch being one of the key players in a Cardinals’ victory, but tonight he came up huge on both ends of the floor. Inserted in to the game in the first half, Levitch made his mark with a steal and a layup. He finished with eight points and made both of his three pointers.
For the second consecutive game, Deng Adel showed why he was a highly sought after recruit. Adel scored 12 points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds. He also had the play of the game that sparked the Cardinals in the second half. With 7:38 remaining and U of L trailing 48 – 43, Adel drove the baseline and emphatically slammed home a one handed jam over a Pittsburgh defender.
Scoring was a struggle early for U of L in the second half. They went 6:17 without a point and trailed the Panthers 48 – 40 after leading by four at the half.
After the scoreless drought Louisville literally could not missed a shot from the field. They finished the game on a 27 – 12 run in which they made all nine of the shots. Levitch’s three-pointer with 2:34 remaining put the Cardinals up for good.
Quentin Snider led U of L with 14 points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Chinanu Onuaku had a nice all-around game finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two blocks.
Louisville is still in the hunt for the ACC regular season title at one game behind North Carolina. They travel to No. 12 Miami on Saturday for their next game.