Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang didn't play in Louisville's Red-White scrimmage on Friday night... or did he?
You won't find him in the box score, but there is video evidence (see above) that Mangok Mathiang scored on a buzzer-beater in the team's second public scrimmage.
Sitting out while rehabbing from a broken foot suffered last December, Mathiang was introduced to the more than 9,000 fans at the KFC Yum! Center during pregame ceremonies, but when made his way to Denny Crum Court he was wearing regular clothes. He remained active and vocal in providing support while on the White teams bench throughout the 123-80 win.
During the final timeout of the scrimmage, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino addressed the crowd and mentioned that Mathiang has returned to practice.
As the final seconds of the game ticked off the clock, Quentin Snider appeared ready to dribble out the clock until he noticed Mathiang drifting from his usual spot on the sideline to just beyond the three-point arc. A quick bounce pass to the 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man, who promptly buried a three-pointer just before the final buzzer sounded.
For the record, the White team connected on 18 of 36 three-point attempts.
Following the scrimmage, Pitino further clarified Mathiang's rehab progress, explaining that he began participating in individual instruction.
While there is no specific timeline for Mathiang's return, Pitino said they're "hoping for the Battle 4 Atlantis for him to be ready. That may be a little optimistic, but I'm hoping."
Mathiang says that he "feels great right now," but isn't sure exactly when he may return.
The Battle 4 Atlantis begins on Nov. 17 against Long Beach State at the KFC Yum! Center before moving to the Bahamas Nov. 23-25.