Louisville Holds on to Beat Boston College 81 – 72

The title of my last article could have just been recycled for No. 10 Louisville’s game against Boston College.  The title read, “Jones and Rozier Lead Louisville over Pittsburgh”.  Lately, you can just fill in the blank on the name of the team because both Jones and Rozier are playing at such a high level each night in conference play.

Chris Jones led all scorers with a career-high 28 points.  Jones made 10 of his 13 shots and also grabbed six rebounds.  Jones also hit 3 of his 5 three point attempts.

Terry Rozier continued his solid all-around play with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.  He was able to get into the lane whenever he wanted to score on an assortment of layups and pull-up jumpers.

The game had the makings of an upset as Louisville could not put the Eagles away.  Every time Louisville would push the lead out the Eagles would come down and hit big baskets.  Boston College cut the Cardinals’ lead to one, 62 – 61, with 5:13 remaining.  Jones would not let U of L fold.  He made two consecutive three point baskets off of passes from Rozier to put the Cardinals ahead 68 – 61.  Jones would go on to score 12 of U of L’s final 19 points as the Cardinals pulled away for an 81 – 72 win.

Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear were the other Cardinals in double figures.  Harrell finished with 12 points while Blackshear scored struggled from the field, but made all seven of his free throws to finish with 10 points.

Louisville improved to 17 – 3 overall and 5 – 2 in the ACC with the victory.  They now turn their attention to the North Carolina Tar Heels, who just two weeks ago beat the Cardinals in Chapel Hill by one, 72 – 71.  Louisville led by nine points with 6:11 to play, but could not hold the lead as the Tar Heels stormed back for the win.  UNC will come into the KFC Yum Center Saturday for the 4:00 matchup.

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