Mangok Mathiang made a successful return to the lineup on Thursday night against Kentucky Wesleyan

University of Louisville senior center Mangok Mathiang made a successful return to the lineup on Thursday night. Mathiang had seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes during a 109-71 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.

Mangok Mathiang is back for the Louisville men's basketball team.

And on Thursday night, Mathiang's return to the lineup after his foot injury was a major success.

"Mango did a good job," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "I didn't want to play him too many minutes and we'll give him tomorrow off.

"But I thought he did a really good job."

The 6-foot-10 Mathiang, a senior co-captain, hit all three of his field-goal attempts and was 1 of 2 from the free-throw line. He finished with seven points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.

Mathiang said the foot felt "great" after his efforts in the game.

"It felt good to be back out there," said Mathiang, who was injured in the Western Kentucky game last December. "I just had to stay positive and work hard. It's good to be back out there with my teammates."

Mathiang said he "surprised" himself on the first day he returned to practice last week.

"I was practicing for like an hour and I didn't get tired like I thought I would," he said. "I didn't really think too much about landing or pushing off or worry about any contact. It felt like I had been out there all the time.

"My timing is still a little off, but it's getting there."


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