Louisville gets 29 from Damion Lee and wins 91-83 over Virginia Tech on the road; Cards are now 17-3 on the season and 6-1 in the ACC

Louisville overcame foul troubles by hitting 12 three-pointers and won on the road in the ACC with a 91-83 decision over Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Here are a few thoughts from the game:

Another road win has Rick Pitino smiling.

The Hall of Fame coach saw his Louisville Cardinals hit 12 of 18 three-pointers and overcome 33 made free throws by Virginia Tech to deck the Hokies 91-83 in Blacksburg, Va.

Virginia Tech, which leads the nation in free-throw attempts, made 33 of 38 from the free-throw line but couldn't keep the Cardinals down from behind the three-point line.

Damion Lee led the Cardinals with 29 points, while Trey Lewis had 22.

MVP - Damion Lee

Lee hit the first shot of the game - a three-pointer - and only took eight shots to get 29 points for the Cardinals.

The graduate senior was 6 of 8 from the field, including 6 of 7 from three-point range, and also hit 11 of 12 free throws in the contest. He added six assists, five rebounds and on steal in 40 minutes.

Lee has had a ton of good games this season, but this one was special folks. It was his best effort all-around for the season.

Close second MVP - Jaylen Johnson

I know Trey Lewis had 20 of his 22 points in the second half but Jaylen Johnson was really good folks. He did take that awkward twist of his arm that just looked so painful late in the game, but he really stepped up.

Johnson - with Chinanu Onuaku on the bench in foul trouble - had 11 points and nine rebounds on the night. He also had three assists in 29 minutes of play and was better on the defensive end.

Now that's two of the past three games that Johnson has provided some needed energy and showed his major improvement.

Stat of the game

The Cardinals 12 of 18 from three-point range matched the programs best three-point performance in a road game in the past 10 seasons. The Cardinals also hit 67 percent from three-point range in a 2009 game at Georgetown.

Louisville's 12 made three-pointer were the most on the season.

Another key stat

The extra pass is key and the Cardinals did that against the Hokies.

Louisville had 19 assists on 27 made field goals, with Lee leading the team with six assists. Quentin Snider chipped in five and Johnson had his three. In all, seven players had at least one assist.

The end of a streak

Onuaku picked up two fouls in the first 3:15 of the game and only played 14 minutes before fouling out.

After posting six consecutive double-doubles, Onuaku had nine points and five rebounds in his limited time. He was 4 of 4 from the field and hit his only granny style free throw of the night.

Up next...

The Cardinals (17-3, 6-1) come home for three straight games, including Saturday's 1 p.m. game against Virginia.

U of L will play North Carolina on Monday and then Boston College on Feb. 6.


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