Louisville hits just four field goals in the final 15 minutes; squanders 11-point lead in 71-66 loss to Notre Dame

The University of Louisville men's basketball team dropped a second consecutive game on Saturday, losing an 11-point lead and falling 71-65 to Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Cardinals are now 19-6 and 8-4 in ACC games.

The University of Louisville basketball team held an 11-point lead midway through the second half at Notre Dame on Saturday but the Cardinals couldn't finish off the Irish in a place they have a hard time winning.

Louisville, which hasn't won in South Bend, Ind., since 1994, dropped a 71-66 decision.

The Cardinals hit just four field goals in the final 15 minutes of the game and were two of their final 11 from the field. It was the second loss in a row for the No. 13 Cardinals, who are now 19-6 on the season and 8-4 in league play.

Louisville scored 43 of its points in the first half.

MVP - Quentin Snider

The sophomore had a steady, solid game for the Cardinals. He finished with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Snider scored most of his points by getting in the paint, but was 1 of 3 from three-point range and 5 of 6 from the line. He was driving and getting either an assist or taking it strong to the basket.

Snider continues to improve each game.

When the game turned

The Cardinals were up 11 points and looked like they were headed to win No. 20. But from a period when Damion Lee forced a shot in the paint that came up short and when Zach Auguste slammed home a dunk the Cardinals lead was gone.

The Irish took a lead at 62-61 with 6:55 left and the Cardinals could never regrpoup.

What's up Matz?

Sophomore Matz Stockman gave the Cardinals a solid eight minutes to end the first half.

The 7-foot-1 Stockman came in because of foul troubles with Chinanu Onuaku and Anas Mahmoud and had six points, three rebounds and a blocked shot to lift the Cardinals.

Stockman ended the first half with a block and then alley-oop for a dunk from Snider. He's getting better and better and will be a player the Cardinals' can count on next season.

He said it....

Rick Pitino: “Our defense was really good in the first half and not good in the second half."

Up Next

The Cardinals return home for two games this week, playing host to Syracuse on Wednesday night at 7 o'clock and then facing Duke on Saturday at noon.

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