Louisville, KY- The Cards started off ACC play on a good note, winning their first conference game vs Wake Forest Sunday night at the KFC Yum! Center. A game that had Cards fans doubting the health of senior guard Trey Lewis, who suffered an ankle sprain at practice last Friday, turned out to be a game in which we learned the true toughness of the graduate transfer from Cleveland State.
After spraining his ankle at practice New Years Day, coach Rick Pitino listed Lewis as “doubtful” for the ACC opener vs Wake Forest. Sunday morning, Pitino released a new statement saying Lewis would warm up and be a game time decision. Lewis didn’t just play against Wake Forest, he shot the lights out. Finishing with 12 points, he ran like a gazelle up and down the court. Lewis hit a couple of threes that gave the Cards momentum and propelled them on a 10 point run late in the first half.
Another big stat from the game is Chinanu Onuakus fouls. Onuaku finished with 12 points and pulled down a career high 15 rebounds. Along with those 2 impressive stats, Nanu managed to block 4 shots. Another impressive performance for the Cards was freshman Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell finished with 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, a very impressive game for him only being a freshman in one of the most competitive conferences in college basketball.
For Wake Forest, Devin Thomas was limited to 14 points, after putting up 31 on the Cards in their last meeting. Bryant Crawford also had 14 for the Deacons. The shot a measly 3-12 from the free throw line, missing 3 in a row with under a minute left in the game. If they were to make those, the game would have been cut to a one possession game.
He Cards look to move to 2-0 in ACC play as they travel to Raleigh Thursday to take on the NC State Wolfpack. Tipoff is at 4 PM. It will be televised, but the station has yet to be released.