It was tough for the Louisville Cardinals to get to Atlanta because of weather.
And then Georgia Tech made it tough on the Cardinals for a while in a 65-50 road win over the Yellowjackets on Saturday afternoon.
Louisville used a 7-0 run late after the Yellowjackets had pulled to within four points to help extend the lead and get the momentum back for the Cardinals. It was the first ACC victory of the season for U of L.
The Cardinals had planned on making the trip last night but the flight was cancelled because of bad weather in Atlanta. The team was ready to take off at 7:30 a.m. but didn't leave until 9 a.m. and couldn't get approval to land in Atlanta because of the weather.
Finally, after the flight was cleared to land the Cardinals had help UPS. The company offered a secured area to park and arranged for stairs for the team to disembark. U of L likely would not have made it to the arena if not for UPS.
MVP of the game
Has to be Donovan Mitchell again, even with Quentin Snider's late big plays.
Mitchell had 20 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in 36 minutes of action.
He was 6 f 15 from the field, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. His five three's are the more in a single game for his career.
Mitchell now has 20 or more points in three straight games.
Key stretch of the game
Louisville's 7-0 run late in the game after the Yellowjackets cut it to 46-42 was in large part because of David Levitch.
In for Deng Adel, who suffered a concussion in the first half, Levitch snared an offensive rebound that led to a Quentin Snider three-pointer and then had a back tip that led to Snider collecting the ball and getting fouled. He hit two free throws.
Levitch then had a rebound on the defensive end that led to an Anas Mahmoud field goal to make it 53-42 with 5:28 left.
A few leftovers
***Snider had a solid game, despite going 4 of 10 from the field. He finished with 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals. Snider hit two three-pointers in the final 10 minutes.
***Ray Spalding had six points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in 26 minutes.
***Louisville was just 10 of 20 from the free-throw line. The Cardinals hit 23 of 60 from the field, including 9 of 16 three-pointers.
***The U of L defense forced 14 turnovers and held the Yellowjackets to 17 of 50 from the field.
***The Cardinals outrebounded Georgia Tech 41-34 and had 14 assists on 23 made field goals.
U of L coach Rick Pitino on the victory at Georgia Tech:
"We had to get a win tonight," he said. "So many things went wrong: plane, hotel, concussion, we couldn't warm up. I told them I wanted to see the best defense of the year. We got a 'W' and that's all I needed to see."
Up next . . .
Louisville comes back home on Wednesday night for a game against Pittsburgh.
The Panthers beat Virginia earlier this week but lost on the road this afternoon to Syracuse.