The University of Louisville basketball team hit 61.3 percent from the field in the first half and rolled to a fourth straight victory to start the season on Tuesday night, a 85-41 blowout of St. Francis Brooklyn in the KFC Yum Center.
Damion Lee scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half as the Cardinals opened a 43-24 halftime lead. It was more of the same in the second half as 10 different players scorred for the Cardinals.
Louisville is now averaging ? points a game.
MVP - Damion Lee
The fifth-year senior transfer from Drexel is leading the Cardinals in scoring and had an all-around solid game - again - against the Terriers.
In 35 minutes, Lee was 8 of 12 from the field and finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Lee was only 1 of 4 from the three-point range but was 4 of 6 fron the free-throw line.
Another solid performance - Ray Spalding
For the second conseucitve game, freshman Ray Spalding was really good.
It's a small sampling but a sign of things to come with the 6-foot-9 forward from Trinity High School. He led the team in deflections again and was solid on both ends of the floor.
Spalding was 6 of 7 from the field and finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 13 minutes.
Play of the night
It was already a blowout but Anas Mahmoud showed his athleticism - and his potential.
Mahmoud took the ball in the middle and stepped past a St. Francis defender, rose up as he neared the basket and dunked on him as he was being fouled.
Mahmoud had seven points and two rebounds in 13 minutes.
Steady guard play again
U of L coach Rick Pitino said early in the season it would take guard Quentin Snider and Trey Lewis a little time to jell.
It looks like that is happening before our eyes. The two backcourt mates played another solid game on Tuesday night.
Snider finished with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes, while Lewis had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes.
"We are playing a lot better together," Snider said. "I think we're clicking."
They said it . . .
St. Francis Brooklyn coach Glenn Braica:
"Louisville is really, really good. I think they'll be one of the best teams in the country and we're not ready for that."
Up next . . . . .
Louisville will play on Saturday night in the first road game of the season against Saint Louis in the Barclays Center.
The Cardinals will then play Michigan State next Wednesday night.