Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points each to help No. 4 Louisville overcome a 14-point deficit and a poor-shooting night to defeat ACC rival Miami 71-66 at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals trailed Miami by double-digits for much of the first half and didn't take the lead until a pair of Mangok Mathiang free throws with 5:18 to play, but used what head coach Rick Pitino described as a "character" game to hold off the Hurricanes.
Point guard Quentin Snider returned from injury to score 13 points and Jaylen Johnson added 10 points in the win.
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MVP of Game
A number of players stepped up at key moments, but it was Deng Adel that fueled the Cardinals play throughout the contest.
The sophomore scored 18 points, including 11 in the first half that helped U of L remain within striking distance with the team connecting on just 32 percent of its opening-half shot attempts.
Adel converted a four-point play after being fouled on a three-pointer from the corner in front of the U of L bench with 4:24 remaining in the game to the Cardinals a 58-53 lead.
Playing 36 minutes, Adel hit a team-high four three-pointers, while also pulling down five rebounds and three assists with no turnovers.
***After missing six games with a hip flexor, point guard Quentin Snider missed his first five shot attempts before hitting his final three attempts - all three-pointers. He connected on back-to-back three-pointers to help the Cardinals pull spark an 8-0 run that pulled U of L within a point during the early stages of the second half. He also was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Snider finished with 13 points, a game-high four assists and three rebounds.
***Donovan Mitchell scored 12 second half points and finished with 18. He equaled Snider with a game-high four assists. His three-pointer with 6:12 to play evened the score for the first time since the opening tip.
***Jaylen Johnson nearly had another double-double. The Cardinals forward hit a pair of crucial free throws in the games final seconds to finish with 10 points. He also had eight rebounds to go with a pair of steals and a late-game block.
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***For the 15th consecutive season, head coach Rick Pitino has guided Louisville to a 20-win season. The Cardinals improved to 20-5 overall and 8-4 in ACC play.
***After allowing Miami to shot 52 percent from the field during the first half, the Cardinals defense limited the Hurricanes to just 36 percent in the second frame.
***The Cardinals recorded 13 assists on 22 made baskets.
***U of L out-rebounded Miami 36-32.
***While Miami forced Louisville into one more turnover (9-8) than themselves, the Cardinals out-scored the Hurricanes 11-5 off turnovers.
Louisville travels to Syracuse for a Monday night meeting against a 7pm contest against the Orange. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.