Finally, a win.
University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino wasn't happy with the performance of his Cardinals' but they did score the team's first win on its trip to Puerto Rico on Friday night, beating the Pitino-coached Puerto Rican National Team 84-81.
Fifth-year senior transfers Trey Lewis and Damion Lee came up huge in the final few minutes as the Cardinals grabbed the lead at 79-77 and led the rest of the game with Lee getting a steal and layin in the final seconds to seal it.
The Cardinals were 0-for-5 on the trip, losing three games to the National team and a pair of games to the Junior Team. Pitino said this National team was "short handed" because of injuries, but noted "it's good to get a win" for U of L.
"They didn't play as well as they did last night, against better competition," he said. "But they did get a win."
Lewis, a transfer from Cleveland State, hit a huge three in the final 1:20 and also added a layup to help push the Cardinals ahead. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the game.
Lee, who came from Drexel and had 74 points in his first three games, started the game 0-for-6 but ended up 4 of 13 for 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Mangok Mathiang scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and also had eight rebounds, while Chinanu Onuaku added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Cardinals will play on game on Saturday at 6 p.m. and it will be the final game of the trip. A game scheduled for Sunday was called off because Pitino said his guys "needed a break."