No. 13 Louisville closed its exhibition portion of its schedule in dominate fashion, dispatching hometown Bellarmine 81-60 at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday evening.
The Cardinals continued to use outside shooting to fuel the new-look, high-paced offense. After converting 53 percent beyond the arc in its 109-71 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan, Louisville drained 7 of 14 during the first half to help build a convincing 49-17 advantage at the break. Five different players connected from deep, with Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell each hitting a pair during the opening half.
Louisville shot 52.9 percent from the floor during the first half, while limiting the Knights just 3 of 16 from the floor. The Cardinals forced Bellarmine into 16 first half turnovers, converting that into a 23-1 advantage.
The Cardinals struggled to regain their rhythm after the break, with Bellarmine using a 12-0 run to out-pace U of L 29-18 during the opening 11 minutes of the second half to pull within 67-46. A pair of three-pointers helped the Knights pull within 73-54 with five minutes remaining.
Deng Adel and Mitchell led U of L with 13 points each, with Tony Hicks adding 12 points and Quinten Snider with 11. Jaylen Johnson scored seven points and led all with 11 rebounds.
U of L shot 48 percent from the floor for the game and 47 percent from beyond the arc.
Louisville officially opens the 2016-17 season at home on Friday, Sept. 11 against Evansville.