The Cardinals defeated host Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening

The Cardinals defeated host Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening

Facing an eight point deficit with nine minutes remaining to play, No. 11 Louisville finished the game by connecting on its final nine field goal attempts for a 67-60 come from behind victory.

After building a 33-29 halftime lead, Louisville saw its advantage disappear during a six minute scoreless span that enabled the Panthers to build it's largest spread of the game at 48-40 with 9:11 to play.  Damion Lee connected for a deep three-pointer to end the drought and freshman Deng Adel ignited a spark with a contested dunk to trim the deficit in half. A three-pointer from David Levitch tied the game at 48-48 with 6:53 remaining.

The nine consecutive baskets included additional three-pointers Adel, Quentin Snider and a second from Levitch, and it was capped with a thunderous dunk from Chinanu Onaku to give the Cardinals a five point lead with just over a minute left in the game.

Snider led four Cardinals in double figures with 14 points, while also handing out seven assists. Lee finished with 13 points, Adel had 12 and Onuaku 10.

Louisville shot 51 percent from the floor, including 7 of 16 beyond the arc, for the game, with Pittsburgh connecting on 42 percent of its attempts. 

The Cardinals improve to 22-6 overall and 11-4 in ACC competition.  Up next is a trip to No. 12 Miami on Saturday.


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