No. 16 Louisville was forced to play from behind from nearly the beginning. After grabbing a quick lead on a steal and layup by Trey Lewis to open the game, the Cardinals fell behind by nine during the game's first minutes before rallying to take 34-30 lead late in the first half, but host Kentucky used a 14-2 run to close the opening frame with a 44-36 advantage.
The comeback continued throughout the second half. Louisville fell behind by 16 points at 52-36 with just under three minutes gone in the final half, before slowing whittling the deficit to 70-68 with 3:14 to play. Both teams traded baskets during the final minutes, but a Kentucky shot clock violation with 12 seconds set up a potential game-winning shot for the Cardinals.
Damion Lee led Louisville with 27 points, while Trey Lewis added 15 points, as the pairing accounted for nearly half of the Cardinals shots on Saturday. Plauged by first half foul troubles, Chinanu Onuaku contributed nine points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes of play.
The Cardinals shot 43 percent from the floor, but were held to just 37 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes of action. U of L out-rebounded Kentucky 39-29, and out-scored their rivals 38-24 in the paint. The Cardinals also led in points off turnovers by four, second chance points by 12 and fast break points by six.
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Here's post-game reaction from U of L assistant Ralph Willard and players.