mens basketball survives late scare vs george mason
By Mike Gilpatrick November 12th, 2017
Louisville interim HC David Padgett. Photo by Seth Spalding, River City Cards
cardiac cards complete comeback, win
That was too close. The 16th-ranked Louisville Cardinals trailed halfway through the second half, but survived a late scare against George Mason, 72-61. Interim head coach David Padgett made his head coaching debut for Louisville. A 48-point second half was the difference in the Louisville victory.
Louisville shot horribly the first half. They only made 8 of 28 from the field, and only made one three out of ten attempts. Forward Deng Adel was the star of the half, with eight points scored. newcomer Darius Perry, and VJ King had five points each. Louisville also had their chances, as the Cards had 20 rebounds.
Going into the locker room, Louisville trailed 27-24. If it wasn't for George Mason shooting almost as poorly, it would have been an even larger deficit.
Whatever was said in the locker room during halftime seemed to work. The Cards shot a whole lot better in the second. Newcomer Jordan Nwora came through with three threes in the second. He scored 10 points overall, all in the second. Adel scored 12 in the second, as did Perry. The team shot 70 percent in the second, both overall and from three.
It took a while, but Louisville tied the game with 9:39 left. It was close for the rest of the half.
For as close as the game was, Louisville was decent statistically. Four players scored more than 10, led by Adel's 20, and trailed by Perry's 17. The Cards forced 15 turnovers, and made 36 rebounds, led by Center Anas Mahmoud's nine.
Louisville hopes to have an easier time Friday, as the Cards host Nebraska Omaha at 7 pm.