Louisville F Deng Adel. Photo by Seth Spalding, River City Cards
louisville survives on missed last-second three-point attempt
That was too close for comfort.
Albany entered the KFC Yum! Center as underdogs against the Louisville Cardinals, and proved to be a tough competitor. The 11-2 Great Danes had a three-point lead late in the second half, but Albany missed the game-winning three. Louisville survived, 70-68.
The Cards had a 38-31 lead heading into halftime. They shot 46.7 percent from the field, and made four of nine shots from beyond the arc. Quentin Snider led scoring with nine points, from two threes, a two-pointer, and a free-throw. The other two threes came from Ryan McMahon. The Cards had 21 total rebounds, and forced five turnovers.
Then, drama ensued in the second. Albany out-scored Louisville 37-32 in the period. The Cards had an 11-point lead with 9:16 left, not before Albany went on a 15-1 run, obtaining a three-point lead. Then, two more Snider free-throws, two baskets from Ray Spalding, and a three from McMahon built a four-point lead for Louisville with a little over a minute left.
Albany wouldn't go away. They made a three with 17-seconds left, and made it a one-point game. The Great Danes fouled Darius Perry, but he missed his last free-throw attempt with ten seconds left. The Great Danes went down the court, and attempted a game-winning three-pointer, but barely missed off the backboard, trying to argue for a foul. The refs didn't call one. Louisville won a very scary game.
Three Cards were in the double-digits scoring. Snider had 19, followed by McMahon's 15, and Deng Adel's 13. Anas Mahmoud was a point and three-rebounds short of a double-double. VJ King also had seven rebounds. The Cards shot 42.1 percent for the game, 42.9 from three, and made 13 of 21 free-throw attempts.
Louisville has one home game left before the huge rivalry game against the team East down I-64. That one game is against Grand Canyon, Saturday at 1 pm. Then, it's the Kentucky game.
This win wasn't pretty, but it was better than an upset.