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Louisville went on the road and decks Pittsburgh 106-51 in an ACC game; Cardinals are now 17-4 and 5-3 in league play

Louisville went on the road and decks Pittsburgh 106-51 in an ACC game; Cardinals are now 17-4 and 5-3 in league play.

Well, that was a blowout.

The University of Louisville had everything going right on Tuesday night, demolishing Pittsburgh 106-51 on the road in one of the most lopsided ACC basketball games in history.

The Cardinals led 51-18 at halftime and kept pouring it on in the second 20 minutes.

It was the worst loss for a Pittsburgh team in 111 years and - according to Elias Sports - was the third largest win in a conference game - and largest on the road - in history.

Louisville scored 52 points in the paint - one more than the Panthers had as a team - and hit 39 of 57 - 58.2 percent from the field, including 12 of 22 three-pointers. The Panthers were just 13 of 51 - 25.5 percent - from the field.

It was the third game the Cardinals played without starting point guard Quentin Snider.

MVP of the game

After an awful performance at Florida State, Donovan Mitchell sent a text to Rick Pitino that said it wouldn't happen again.

Well, on this night he was spectacular.

With just over 14 minutes left in the game, Mitchell was tied with the Panthers entire team at 27 points. He finished with a career-high 29 points and three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

In 29 minutes, Mitchell was 9 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 8 three-pointers.

Special mention

Ryan McMahon for his efforts. The redshirt freshman played 15 minutes and had a career-high 15 points. McMahon was 5 of 7 from three-point range and had five assists with just one turnovers.

McMahon came in late in the first half and buried two consecutive three-pointers for the Cardinals.

He's getting better and better on the defensive end and he can flat shoot. McMahon will get more minutes if he keeps this up.

A few leftovers . . . 

**The Cardinals needed just one point in the second half to win the game after scoring 51 in the opening 20 minutes.

**Anas Mahmoud was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field for 14 points and three rebounds.

**Jaylen Johnson was just 2 of 6 from the field but had seven points and 11 rebounds. Johnson had the one bad memory for the Cardinals, getting blocked by the goal on his dunk attempt.

**Freshman walk-on Tyler Sharpe scored his first career points with a basket late in the game.

**It's the second time that Louisville has surpassed the 100-point mark this season.

**The victory was the 10th in a row for Louisville in the series against the Panthers.

They said it . . .

Rick Pitino, Louisville coach

"I was on the bench and said, 'Boy this is a shock'," Pitino said. "It's just one of those nights when everything went right for us and nothing went right for them. I've experienced this a lot of times."

Up next

Louisville gets an extra day this week with the next game set for Sunday at 1 p.m. against North Carolina State in the KFC Yum Center.

The Wolfpack are coming off a win on Monday at Duke.


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