The word “ugly” might be too kind of a word to describe the offense put on by both No. 10 Louisville and Old Dominion. The right word might be just simply “offensive. The Cards shot 29.7 percent from the field and the Monarchs made 37.9 percent. The difference was in the three point and free throw shooting. The Cards were 22 – 35 for 62.9 percent from the line while the Monarchs were 15 – 32 for 46.9 percent. This led to a 68 – 62 overtime victory for the Cards.
Quentin Snider led U of L with 18 points and four assists. Donovan Mitchell and Mangok Mathiang were the other double figure scorers for U of L with 15 and 12 points respectively.
Mitchell struggled in the first half, missing all three of his field goal attempts. However, he came up big when it counted. He scored all of his 15 points in the second half and overtime. Mitchell dished out two nice assists to Mathiang for layups.
Louisville led early in the second half, but gave up the lead and did not get it back until 2:32 remained when Mathiang made a layup off a Mitchell assist. At one point in the second half the Monarchs led by seven. U of L went up by two on another layup by Mathiang with 14 seconds left, but Old Dominion went right down the floor and tied it up at 49 to send the game into overtime.
The overtime belonged to the Cards as Mitchell started it off by hitting a three. They outscored the Monarchs 19 – 13 in the overtime, quite an offensive display compared to the first 40 minutes.
Now the quick turnaround begins. The Cards play nearly 14 hours after the horn sounded against Wichita State.