After not playing a midweek game for the first time in ACC play, the University of Louisville basketball team darted past Boston College on Saturday, The Cardinals rolled on the road to a 90-67 victory.
The No. 6 Cardinals have now won seven of their past eight games. The last three games have come by a combined margin of 103 points and the last four games have come by 138 points.
Sophomores Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel each shot 7 of 10 from the field and finished with 19 points. Mangok Mathiang, who came off the bench, had 16 points on 7 of 11 from the field.
The Cardinals scored on 22 of 34 possessions in the second half and after eight turnovers in the first half only turned it over one time in the final 20 minutes as the lead swelled.
MVP of game
Mitchell and Adel had 19 apiece but the MVP of this game was Adel.
The sophomore hit his first five shots and had seven points in the first 12 minutes and had 12 in the first half when Mitchell was quiet.
Adel also had two rebounds and two blocked shots in 34 minutes.
While he hasn't had the season many expected, Adel has quietly put together a run of solid games and is still improving.
*****Ryan McMahon was the only player who saw the court that didn't score for the Cardinals. The U of L bench outscored the Eagles 32-23 and every U of L players that was on the floor - except Jay Henderson who played the final minutes - had at least one rebound.
*****Jaylen Johnson had another solid game. He was perfect on three shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds and one assist.
*****The Cardinals hit 34 of 59 from the field and were 16 of 19 from the free-throw line.
A few leftovers
*****Louisville is now 115-0 under Rick Pitino when scoring 85 points or more.
*****The Cardinals scored on 43 of 70 possessions and never trailed in the game after scoring the first eight points.
*****U of L only had five offensive rebounds and four second-chance points.
*****Louisville won the points off turnovers battle 23-8 with the Eagles turning it over 14 times.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino on the victory:
"We played awesome defense in the first half and we played awesome offense the entire game," Pitino said. "I am really pleased with the guys. They are a great group of guys and are really doing a lot of good things."
Up next . . .
Louisville doesn't get much of a rest and will play at Virginia on Monday night at 7 o'clock.
The Cardinals have lost four of five games against the Cavaliers since joining the ACC. Virginia lost to Syracuse on Saturday.