Louisville beats Georgia Tech 75-71 on the road; Cards start at 16-3 for the fourth consecutive season

The University of Louisville won an ACC game on the road Saturday, beating Georgia Tech 75-71 in Atlanta. Damion Lee led five players in double figures with 17 points as the Cardinals moved to 16-3 on the season.

Rick Pitino said he'd take any win on the road this season in the ACC.

On Saturday, the University of Louisville didn't play its best but the coach was still happy because the Cardinals left Atlanta with a 75-71 win over a gritty Georgia Tech team.

Damion Lee scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures for the Cardinals, while Anas Mahmoud chipped in 15 off the bench.

"I'm so very happy with this road win," Pitino said.

Here's a closer look at the game:

MVP - Anas Mahmoud

No doubt at all that it was Mahmoud.

The sophomore had the best game of his career, scoring 13 of his career-high 15 in the second half. He also had four rebounds, two assists and a huge block shot in the final minutes of the game.

Mahmoud was averaging just 11 minutes a game but played 27 and was huge.

He was 6 of 9 from the field and looked almost unstoppable when he caught the ball in the paint. While Mahmoud struggled a bit early on defense, he was effective on offense in the game with Chinanu Onuaku.

Key run of the game

It was a back-and-forth contest for much of the game but when it came to crunch time, that's when Mahmoud made a play.

He caught the ball on the low block with 1:01 left and the score tied at 69. Mahmoud went up strong and was fouled by Marcus Georges-Hunt, who is the Yellowjackets' leading scorer and fouled out on the play.

Mahmoud made the two free throws and without Georges-Hunt in the game the Yellowjackets forced things on offense a bit and Damion Lee came up with a huge steal. Quentin Snider then hit two free throws to extend the lead to 73-69 for the Cardinals.

Stat of the game

Louisville is second in the nation in rebounding margin but was outrebounded by the Yellowjackets 40-33. It was the first time the Cardinals have been outrebounded since the Michigan State game earlier in the season.

U of L gave up 14 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points.

But the Cardinals overcame that deficit by turning it over just six times in the game.

Balanced scoring attack

Lee wasn't shooting it well in the past few games but hit 6 of 11, including 3 of 6 three-pointers, and led five players in double figures with 17 points for the Cardinals.

Mahmoud had 15, while Onuak added 12 and 11 rebounds. Trey Lewis also had 12 points and Donovan Mitchell chipped in 11.

Nice balance again for the offense.

What they're saying.....

Rick Pitino after the victory:

"We always know it's going to be a dogfight with them, give them a lot of credit. Our guys are a gutty basketball team and we pulled out a victory."

Up next...

The Cardinals hit the road again on Wednesday night and will play Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., at 8 p.m.

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