University of Louisville freshman guard Terry Rozier came out on fire to start the team's 88-68 win over Temple on Thursday night. And the game would be very much decided by the time he finally cooled off.
Rozier was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, and perfect on three attempts from behind the three-point arc, before failing to connect on a jumper with 9:34 remaining in the second half against the owls. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard would finish his 21 minutes of work having tallied 19 points, grabbed two rebounds, and dished out three assists without a turnover.
Last night's performance was simply another gem in a four-game hot streak for the freshman. Since being held scoreless in ten minutes in the Cards' win at Temple on Feb. 14, Rozier has been playing undoubtedly the best basketball of his rookie campaign.
Immediately following the rough outing at Temple, Rozier posted 16 points with four rebounds and two assists against Rutgers. And then followed that with 13 points and five boards against South Florida, and 11 points, six rebounds, and two assists against Cincinnati. Rozier has turned the ball over just twice in the four-game stretch.
Averaging 23 minutes in that span, Rozier says he's becoming much more comfortable on the court.
"My play speaks for itself how comfortable I am," Rozier told Cardinal Authority after the game. "I owe a lot to me teammates. They've got me out there playing comfortably. I just want to keep that going."
Another great showing by Rozier wasn't lost on head coach Rick Pitino, who after the game expressed his pleasure with the play of both Rozier and starting point guard Chris Jones.
"I was really impressed with Chris and I thought Terry was very good" Pitino said. "I think they both have tremendous upside to their games. I like both guys very much and I thought they were both outstanding tonight."
The Cards will now go on the road for two straight games, both in hostile environments, against teams currently ranked in top-25. Logic would suggest that the looming match-ups against Memphis and Southern Methodist would be intimidating to any freshman as relied upon as he, but Rozier speaks with poise and certainty when asked about his mental preparation for the two-game swing.
"Just prepare like any other game. You just want to focus and stay with your routine. That's what I want to do no matter who we're playing or where we're going. I just want to do what I do."
Rozier's freshman season has had its low-points, but the man wearing No. 0 now sports a smile and defined confidence, especially after performances like Thursday's.
"I always knew I had this in me, it was just a matter of time before it was going to come. I'm really happy that my moment has come and I just want to keep it going."