Raleigh, NC- It went down to the wire, but Louisville improved to 2-0 in ACC play Thursday night with a win over NC State is Raleigh. It was a game of ups and downs for the Cards, as their lead was a rollercoaster. At one point, the Cards lead by 16, and at another time it was a tie game. A NC State team flying under the radar and looks like one of those teams to knock out a top seat come tourney time gave the Cards all they could handle, but in the end Louisville managed to outlast the Wolfpack.
It was a career for Quentin Snider who scored 21 points, his best in his time at Louisville. In the second half, Snider hit back to back threes which helped the Cards gain some distance from the streaking NC State Wolfpack, who at that time in the game had cut the lead down to 4. Another great performance was from big man Chinanu Onuaku. Nanu finished with 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. With this performance, he earned his 2nd double-double in a row, as he managed one in last Sundays win over Wake Forest. Senior guard Trey Lewis struggled with foul trouble all game. He was called for 2 fouls early and had to take a seat for most of the first half. With his absence, Jaylen Johnson stepped up and finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds, as well as having a monster put back dunk in the second half. And of course, no recap is complete without giving credit to Damion Lee, who finished with 13 points.
For NC State, Cat barber lead the way with 20 points, howver he only shot 7 for 22 in his 39 minutes played. Maverick Rowan also contributed to NC State’s scoring with 17 points and Abdul-Malik Abu with 15 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, NC State shot 36% from the floor, compared to Louisville’s 50%. In a span of 10 minutes this game, NC State was held to 1 for 15 shooting, a stat that pleased Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.
The Cards will continue their road trip as they take it to South Carolina to take on the Clemson Tigers. Also football is the main sport on tigers fans, their basketball team will have upset on their mind Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is at noon on ESPN 3. A television network will be released soon.