Trey Lewis poured in 21 points to pace the Louisville on Wednesday evening as the No. 16 Cardinals cruised to a 98-68 win over Utah Valley in front of 19,146 at the KFC Yum! Center. The 30-point victory continues a streak that has seen Louisville win by at least 20 points in each of its 11 wins.
Lewis connected on 7 of 10 shooting to lead a offensive outing that saw the Cardinals shoot 69 percent in the first half, and 55 percent for the game. Quentin Snider scored 15 points, while Damion Lee added 11.
The game also saw the return of sophomore Anas Mahmoud and freshman Deng Adel from the injured reserve. Mahmoud went scoreless, but was active around the rim, collecting four blocks in nine minutes of action, while the rookie Adel contributed eight points in 12 minutes.
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For the sixth consecutive season the Cardinals improved to 11-1 overall. Up next is a trip to Lexington to visit rival Kentucky on Saturday at noon.
"Now we're going to really play some outstanding basketball teams," Rick Pitino said. "We just tried to the last week weather the storm injury-wise. I think we have. Obviously, Deng Adel is not in great shape, he's not in 100 percent basketball form. But, at least we got him back, we got Anas Mahmoud back, and we're going to need it because Kentucky's a dribble drive team that gets people in foul trouble. So, we're going to need a deep bench in this game. But, real happy with not only our record, but our passing has been brilliant. Our offense and the way we look for each other has been fun to watch. Now we just have to pick up our defense."
Graduate student Trey Lewis was named the Most Valuable Player of the 14th annual Billy Minardi Classic. Lewis scored 17 points in Louisville's win over UMKC on Tuesday night.