Louisville basketball team starts slow, rolls over Saint Louis - 77-57 - in Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Classic

The University of Louisville basketball team moved to 5-0 on the season on Saturday night after a 77-57 victory over Saint Louis in the Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Cardinals had four players in double figures.

It wasn't the best effort of the young season, but the University of Louisville men's basketball team is still perfect.

Trey Lewis led four players in double figured with 22 points as the Cardinals started slow and then rolled over Saint Louis 77-57 in the Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Cardinals broke open a game with six lead changes in the first half by hitting nine of their first 13 shots in the second half. The Cardinals' used a 10-0 run to open the lead to 51-38 and the Billikens never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Here's a look at a few details from the game:

MVP - Mangok Mathiang

Mathiang finished with his first career double-double, picking up the start and getting 17 points and 13 rebounds.

U of L coach Rick Pitino said Mathiang started his first game of the season because the Cardinals were playing a matchup zone against the Billikens and the junior center knew what he was doing in the defense.

Mathiang didn't disappoint.

He looked confident on offense and was intense on defense and the boards. Mathiang was 6 of 8 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in 34 minutes of action.

The six made field goals were a career high, along with his 17 points and his 13 rebounds.

Hot shooting - again

Louisville continued its hot shooting on the season, hitting 9 of the first 13 field goals in the second half.

The Cardinals finished 26 of 49 - 53.1 percent - from the field, including 5 of 17 from three-point range. U of L hit 20 of 25 free throws and held the Billikens to 20 of 41 from the field.

U of L is hitting 48 percent from the field on the season.

Stat of the night

The Cardinals used their size to dominate on the boards.

In fact, Mathiang was outrebounded by just one by the entire Saint Louis roster. The Cardinals outrebounded the Billikens 36-14.

Trey Lewis added seven to Mathiang's 13, while Anas Mahmoud added four and Donovan Mitchell added three.

Louisville is plus-22 on rebounding advantage in five games.

A few numbers

*Quentin Snider and Damion Lee added 10 points apiece, while Snider also added four assists.

*Donovan Mitchell had six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in front of his home crowd.

*Louisville leads the series with the Billikens 47-20.

*The Cardinals are now 35-5 in November over the last seven years, including 11 straight.

He said it . . . 

Rick Pitino: "We're going to make sure he's 100 percent. We're giving him another week or so," on the sprained MCL of freshman Deng Adel. He's now expected to miss at least two or three more games.

Up next

The Cardinals will get a major test on the road on Wednesday night against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.


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