Louisville wins first road basketball game of the season with a 77-72 decision at North Carolina State

The University of Louisville men's basketball team led for more than 34 minutes on Thursday night, holding on in the end to down North Carolina State 77-72 in Raleigh, N.C., for a 2-0 start in the ACC. The Cardinals got 21 points from Quentin Snider.

It wasn't easy in the end, but University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino knew it wouldn't be.

The Cardinals built a 14-point lead twice, led for more than 34 minutes on the road but in the end had to hang on for a 77-72 victory over North Carolina State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

Louisville is now 13-2 on the season and 2-0 in the ACC. The Cardinals got a areer-high 21 points from Quentin Snider and a second straight double-double from Chinanu Onuaku.

Here's a closer look at the first ACC road win:

The MVP - Quentin Snider

Well, this was an easy one.

Sophomore Quentin Snider had struggled in several recent games but came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points and make several huge plays down the stretch for the Cardinals.

With the Cardinals suffereing serious foul trouble, Snider stepped up as the scoring threat. He hit 7 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 from three-point range, and also added two assists and two rebounds.

Snider made two really sweet moves to the basket and hit a huge three-pointer late in the first half when N.C. State had made a run at the Cardinals, who had five guys on the bench with two fouls.

Another solid effort - Chinanu Onuaku

It's amazing how different his game is this season.

The sophomore center had a second straight double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while hitting 6 of 9 from the field and also picking up a blocked shot and one assist.

Onuaku hit a mid-range jumper and was really good around the basket. But perhaps his biggest help in the victory came on defense as he hedged out several times to make Cat Barber slow down heading to the basket. Oh, and he only had one foul.

Nice game, Nanu.

The key run of the game

The Cardinals had a 7-0 run midway through the second half with Ray Spalding getting two buckets - the second a dunk off an alley-oop from Damion Lee - and Snider added a three-pointer.

The Wolfpack had been getting closer and closer to the Cardinals.

But the run gave the Cardinals a little more breathing room and they needed it in the end.

Key stat - bench scoring

The biggest stat of the evening was the bench scoring number. Louisville outscored the Wolfpack 37-5 off the bench.

Snider had 21 points and Spalding added 12 for the Cardinals, who also got four from Deng Adel. Spalding was 6 of 8 from the field and also had two rebounds for U of L.

Louisville got just 20 points from starters Damion Lee (13), Trey Lewis (4) and Donovan Mitchell (3).

Up next - vs. Clemson

Louisville will now travel to Greenville, S.C., to take on Clemson on Sunday at noon.

The Tigers are only 9-6 on the season but have wins over Florida State and Syracuse in their first two ACC games of the season.

Clemson is playing their home games in Greenville, S.C., because of a renovation to its arena.

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