Snider hits two free throws; Cards survive

SEATTLE - The University of Louisville basketball team survived with two free throws by Quentin Snider and a late steal from Terry Rozier to beat UC-Irvine 57-55 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyArena on Friday afternoon. The Cardinals are now 25-8 and will play Northern Iowa on Sunday. The time will be announced later tonight.

Freshman Quentin Snider hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to give the University of Louisville a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

Snider came up with a loose ball rebound on the defensive end of the floor and was fouled before going to the line and sinking both free throws.

Terry Rozier then came up with a steal at midcourt and the Cardinals edged UC-Irvine 57-55 before 14,509 fans at KeyArena.

"He stepped to the line, as a freshman, and made two big free throws," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "We're very excited to move on."

The Cardinals (25-8) will play Northern Iowa - a winner over Wyoming - on Sunday afternoon. The game times will be announced later tonight.

The fourth-seeded Cardinals could never shake the Anteaters. With the game tied, Snider snagged a rebound in the corner off a long miss by Luke Nelson and drew a foul.

He calmly walked to the line and sank both free throws. The Cardinals had two fouls to give and after a timeout by Pitino used one of the fouls near midcourt.

Rozier then went for the ball with about four seconds left, tipped it away and it rolled off a UC-Irvine players leg to Wayne Blackshear as time ran out.

"No foul," Rozier said. "I told (Montrezl Harrell) that I was going for the steal. Coach had said foul, but I thought I could get the steal."

Blackshear led the Cardinals with 19 points and now has 998 for his career. Snider had a career-high 16 points and five rebounds in 37 minutes. Rozier added 12, while Harrell had eight points and four rebounds.

Mamadou Ndiaye, the 7-foot-6 center and tallest player in college basketball, finished with 12 points and five rebounds for the Anteaters.

U of L hit 23 of 55 from the field and was 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.

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