Louisville falls in overtime to Puerto Rico

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - The University of Louisville showed a much better effort, but still couldn't get over the hump against the Puerto Rican National Team on Thursday night. The Cardinals led much of the game but dropped a 102-94 decision to the team of professionals and fell to 0-5 on the six-day, nine-game trip.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said even in a loss his team "played great and showed good effort, that was a good game," on Thursday night in the Mario Morales Coliseum.

The Cardinals led for much of the game but saw the Puerto Rican National Team tie it late in regulation and then dominate a four-minute overtime period for a 102-94 victory before about 2,000 fans.

"Much better," Pitino said. "This was by far our best performance. What we worked on in our walkthrough was - (Puerto Rico) switched yesterday, trying to take Louisville out of their offense, and it worked.

"(Louisville) went with a bigger lineup tonight, switching and trying to take them out of their offense, and it worked."

Damion Lee led the Cardinals with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 11 of 18 from the field. He has 74 points in three games and is 24 of 47 from the field, including 9 of 19 from three-point range.

Jaylen Johnson and Ray Spalding had 11 points apiece for the Cardinals, who had four players foul out in the game. U of L hit 36 of 63 from the field, including 6 of 14 three-pointers, and 16 of 23 free throws.

Puerto Rico hit 32 of 68 from the field and 32 of 42 from the free-throw line.

U of L only played one game after Pitino cancelled the earlier game of the day. The Cardinals will play the national team on Friday night and the Puerto Rico Junior team on Saturday. There is a Sunday game on the schedule but Pitino said he's trying to call it off.

"These guys need a day to relax," he said. "They've been working really hard. This is good for us."

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