Louisville used an early 19-3 run and held visiting Pittsburgh without a basket for the final five minutes of the first half to build a 21-point lead at the break and needed nearly every inch of that lead to hold off a second half Panther rally for a 85-80 win.
Fueled by a 6 of 8 performance from three-point land, Jamel Artis lead Pitt with 43 points to spark a second half that saw Pittsburgh outscore the Cardinals by 16. Michael Young added 17 points as the only other double-figure scorer for the Panthers.
"First half, brilliant performance defensively, brilliant performance offensively, but the second half was a very poor performance at both ends of the floor," U of L head coach Rick Pitino said.
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Quinten Snider paced the Cardinals with 22 points on 7 of 11 from the floor, including three from beyond the arc. Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel scored 15 points each, with Ray Spalding adding 11.
Louisville shot 47.5 percent from the floor. After draining 5 of 7 from beyond the three-point arc during the game's first 20 minutes, the Cardinals made just 1 of 7 during the second half. The Cardinals second half offensive woes spilled over to the free throw line, where after converting 10 of 11 in the first half, saw the team make just 13 of 23 in the second.
"This team is not fundamentally sound," Pitino said. "We are a rebuilding team this year because of a lot of reasons that aren't they're fault. But, when we say rebuilding, we want to rebuild this year, so we have to really focus on the fundamentals."
Louisville improved to 14-3 overall and 2-2 in ACC play. The Cardinals will host No. 7 Duke on Saturday at noon.