The Louisville men's basketball team picked up another conference win Wednesday night, this time on the road against Seton Hall. The Cardinals improve to 14-1 on the year and 2-0 in Big East play by upending the Pirates, 73-58. The win makes nine in a row for Louisville.
It was a close game well into the second half; the teams went into the under 12 media timeout tied 42-42. But by the under eight media timeout, Louisville was up 52-44, a lead that would go to ten once Stephan Van Treese hit a pair of free throws on the restart. Louisville never looked back from that point on, and Seton Hall wouldn't get within 8 points the rest of the way.
Junior center Gorgui Dieng continued hit strong return to the Cardinal starting lineup, leading Louisville with 16 points. He added 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and a steal. Two other Cardinals scored in double figures, freshman forward Montrezl Harrell with 14 and junior guard Russ Smith with 11. The Cardinals had a very strong free throw shooting night, hitting 23 of 27 for just over 85%.
Forward Brandon Mobley led the Pirates with 18 points, and was one of four Seton Hall players to crack double figures.
The story of the game was really Louisville's run. They were able to score in the break and on free throws while Seton Hall went cold. The Pirates hit only one shot, scoring only two points in the four-plus minutes between the under 12 (11:59) and under 8 (7:25) media timeouts. Outside of that, that stats are fairly close. The teams pulled down the same number of rebounds (34), Louisville won the turnover margin narrowly (11-16), and the Cardinals only hit three more free throws (23 to 20) than the Pirates. But the Pirates also missed a lot more, going 20-of-31 from the line for just 64.5%.
The Cardinals next matchup is back at home. They will face the South Florida Bulls (9-5, 0-2) this coming Saturday. The game is at 4:00pm at the KFC Yum! Center, and will be aired on ESPN3 (PC).