Instant Analysis: Louisville escapes Pirates

No. 25 Louisville (17-5, 5-4) built a 15-point halftime lead against Seton Hall, then overcame poor second half shooting and 24 turnovers, including seven by point guard Peyton Siva, to escape with a 60-51 win over the Pirates. The win was Louisville's third straight and moved the Cardinals to 5-4 in the Big East after starting league play 2-4. InsideTheVille.com provides instant analysis.

No. 25 Louisville (17-5, 5-4) built a 15-point halftime lead against Seton Hall, then overcame poor second half shooting and 24 turnovers, including seven by point guard Peyton Siva, to escape with a 60-51 win over the Pirates. The win was Louisville's third straight and moved the Cardinals to 5-4 in the Big East after starting league play 2-4. Here's instant analysis of the game:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Peyton Siva made one of two free throws to give Louisville a three possession lead at 58-51 with :30 seconds remaining. Gorgui Dieng then rebounded Jordan Theodore's missed three with :17 second left, was fouled by Herb Pope and made both free throws to seal the game.

KEY STATS: 27.6 percent; 40-29.
It's not often a team can overcome 24 turnovers and only six second half field goals to win on the road in the Big East. But that's exactly what Louisville did Saturday at Seton Hall. The Cardinals stingy defense preserved victory as the Cardinals held Seton Hall to 27.6 percent, including just 3-18 from three-point range. Also key was that Louisville made the Pirates pay for their woeful shooting, winning the battle on the boards 40-29.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: 6'11 sophomore center Gorgui Dieng was the difference for Louisville. Dieng controlled the paint defensively, blocking five shots while altering several more, owned the backboard with game-high 14 rebounds, and gave the Cardinals an offensive presence in the low-post, scoring 11 points, including two free throws late that sealed the win.

BIG PLAY: Ahead 57-51 with :52 seconds after Russ Smith made two free throws, Gorgui Dieng turned in two defensive gems on Seton Hall's crucial late possession. Dieng first blocked Jordan Theodore's layup attempt with :47, then rebounded Theodore's next attempt at :35, setting up Siva's clinching free throw.

KEY MATCHUP: Louisville's zone confounded Seton Hall's Herb Pope, Jordan Theodore and Fuquan Edwin. The Cardinals held the Pirates top scorers to 13-43 shooting. Pope struggled with Dieng's length inside, making only 4-13 field goals, while Theodore needed 20 shots for his 18 points. Edwin shot only 3-10.


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