Hosting its second of six straight games at the KFC Yum! Center, the University of Louisville used a pair of runs to pull away from Marshall on Friday night. All five starters scored in double figures to lead the Cardinals to a 85-67 win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
With so many on the roster struggling from the field, the one who was perfect gets the nod for Player of the Game.
Playing 24 minutes against Marshall, freshman big man Chinanu Onuaku recorded a double-double for the second straight outing. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor to go with 11 rebounds. He also totaled 2 assists and was the only starter not to have a turnover.
In his last two games, Onuaku is 10-for-10 from the field with 21 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
BIG SHOT OF THE GAME
Has to be David Levitch. Louisville was 0-for-13 from beyond the arc before the sophomore walk-on connected for one with 14:30 remaining in the game to give the Cardinals a 20-point lead.
Levitch played 15 minutes and totaled 6 points and 2 steals.
KEY RUN OF THE GAME
Marshall remained within striking distance throughout the first half and when Tamron Manning drained a three-pointer during the first minute of the second half the Cardinals lead was trimmed to 11.
Over the next six minutes the Cardinals outscored the visitors 15-3 to build a 22-point lead, their largest lead of the game.
Chinanu Onuaku scored 5 points during the stretch, while David Levitch and Chris Jones both connected on three-pointers to fuel the run.
Louisville also had a 9-0 run to open a 29-20 lead in the first half. Through its first three games this season, Louisville has produced six runs of 8-0 or better.
THEY SAID IT
Rick Pitino: "We had to win the game off of defense tonight because we weren't clicking offensively. We had to wear them out physically and do the things that we have to do. We had a lot of steals. We had 41 deflections. We got after them. Our effort level defensively and getting after people was great."
A FEW TIP INS
***Louisville extended its home winning streak against non-conference foes to 28 games dating back to December 2011.
***The Cardinals finished the game 3-for-22 (13.6 percent) from behind the three-point line, their lowest percentage from behind the arc since making just 2-of-23 (8.7 percent) at Syracuse on March 3, 2012.
***Senior Chris Jones led five Cardinals scoring in double-figures on Friday night with a season-high 18 points. It was his highest scoring performance since finishing with 18 against Rutgers on March 13, 2014 in the American Conference Tournament. Jones also matched a season-high with five assists on Friday.
***Senior Wayne Blackshear scored a season-high 16 points.
***Junior Montrezl Harrell finished with 12 points on Friday night marking his 15th straight game with 10 or more points.
***Sophomore Mangok Mathiang pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds marking the second straight game he has finished with 10 or more rebounds. He only reached double figure rebounds just once last season.
***Louisville forced 13 turnovers and outscored Marshall 24-5 on turnovers.
Louisville (3-0) will host Savannah State in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night at 7:00pm.
Savannah State, which lost to Marshall 66-47 earlier this week, will host Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.
The game is part of the Global Sports Showcase, a five-team round-robin event.