Atlanta, Ga.- In a snowy trip down to Georgia, the Louisville men's basketball team defeated Georgia Tech 65-50. Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points and hit a career-high five three-pointers.
The downside to the game was the loss of Deng Adel, who left the game in the first half with a concussion. Adel finished with a pair of three-pointers for six points.
The #9 Cards improved to 13-3 and 1-2 in the ACC. Georgia Tech drops to 9-6 and 1-2 in conference play.
After not leaving Louisville's airport until 9:00 a.m., the Cards had very little turnaround time after landing at a UPS hub to get to the arena. During warm-ups the shotclock malfunctioned, adding to the list of things that could go wrong before tipoff.
After leading by eight at halftime U of L extended the lead to 13 in the second half before the Yellowjackets pulled the score within three. Jaylen Johnson and Mitchell had answers to extend the lead again before breaking away at the end for the 15 point victory.
For Georgia Tech, Ben Lammers seemed unstoppable. The center scored a career-high 24 points and had his way with U of L's big men all day. He even forced Anas Mahmoud to foul out. Lammers also recorded nine rebounds and three blocks to keep the Yellowjackets in the game for a while.
Also, for Louisville Quentin Snider had 12 points and seven assists. Mahmoud contributed 10 points, five rebonds, and a pair of blocks before fouling out.
Louisville returns home for three straight games, starting with a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Wednesday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m.