Louisville, KY- The Cards earned a bittersweet win on Saturday as they beat Western Kentucky 78-56. With the win, the Cards now control the all time record, leading 40-39.
With every win comes a price, and this win claimed the health of Mangok Mathiang. Mathiang suffered a broken metatarsal (ankle) and will miss the next 6-8 weeks. Mathiangs injury comes at one of the worst times possible for the Cards as they prepare to do battle with rival Kentucky at Rupp Arena next week. With the absence of Mathiang, freshman Ray Spalding will have to step up and fill in for him. Spalding has proved himself this year to be a great young talent, but we will see how he adjusts to his increase in minutes.
As for the game, Quentin Snider lead the Cards with 16 points. Also contributing was the duo of Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, who both finished with 15 points. Chinanu Onuaku posted his first double double this season, as he had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Western Kentucky shot a measly 2-18 (11%) from three-point range. The Hilltopers averaged 40% from behind the arc before Saturday. Fredrick Edmond led the Hilltopers with 14 points. He also brought down 8 rebounds. Western Kentucky had a season low point total in the first half, only putting up 16 on the tenacious Louisville defense.
The Cards will be back in action Tuesday, as they face UMKC in the first round of the Billy Minardi classic, a tournament honoring the late brother in law of head coach Rick Pitino. In order to watch this game, you will have to stay up late. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 PM at the KFC Yum! Center.