Following a slow start that found No. 11 Louisville trailing Eastern Kentucky 7-0 in the early minutes, the Cardinals outscored the visitors 30-4 to close the first half and spark an 87-56 win on Saturday afternoon.
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The game was the 15th edition of the Billy Minardi Classic, which honors Rick Pitino's brother-in-law and best friend who died in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. U of L improved to 19-1 in those contests and have won 14 of the 15 classic titles.
Led by Donovan Mitchell's team-high 15 points, Louisville had four players score in double-figures. Quentin Snider added 13 points, along with a season-high six assists, while Jaylen Johnson and Tony Hicks scored 10 points each.
Mangok Mathiang grabbed a game-high and equaled his career-high 13 rebounds, as the Cardinals outworked EKU 47-31 on the boards.
Making his first appearance after sitting out three games while recovering from a concussion, Anas Mahmoud scored six points, collected four rebounds and swatted five shots in 16 minutes of action.
Ray Spalding scored eight points and five rebounds to go with his career-high four blocks.
Louisville shot 48 percent from the floor, including 10 of 24 from beyond the three-point arc.
Up next for Louisville is a Wednesday contest against rival Kentucky.null