Virginia Tech hit 17 three-pointers but Louisville outlasted the Hokies 94-90 in an ACC game on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center

Virginia Tech hit 17 three-pointers but Louisville outlasted the Hokies 94-90 in an ACC game on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center. The Cardinals are now 22-5 on the season and 10-4 in league play.

It was a shootout at the KFC Yum Center on Saturday.

But in the end the University of Louisville basketball team had a few too many weapons for Virginia Tech, which hit 17 three-pointers and was 15 of 19 from the free-throw line but still lost 94-90 to the Cardinals.

"Louisville's a No. 1 seed," Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said after the loss.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 to lead the Cardinals, while Quentin Snider added 19 and Jaylen Johnson was huge in the second half and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Cardinals could never shake the Hokies.

Virginia Tech hit 59.2 percent from the field and was 17 of 26 from three-point range. But the Cardinals were 12 of 22 from three-point range and outscored the Hokies 26-3 on second-chance points.

MVP of the game

You might think Mitchell because of his 26 points but we'll go with Johnson.

The junior came through down the stretch with a huge dunk off a feed from Deng Adel and then an offensive rebound in the final minute that led to the Cardinals getting two free throws.

Johnson had his second-best scoring day of the season with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field. He also had eight boards, which marks the 10th time this season he's hit that mark.


***The victory keeps Louisville in second in the ACC at the moment. North Carolina (10-3) is in first and plays later tonight.

***The victory gave U of L the program's 1,800th win over its 103 seasons. U of L is 10th in the nation with a 1,800-897 record after just passing Indiana with the win last Monday.

***The Cardinals were 12 of 22 from three-point range and it was the seventh time this season - including four of the last seven games - that U of L has hit more than 10 three's in a game.

A few leftovers

***Ryan McMahon delivered for the second straight game. After seven points in overtime on Monday at Syracuse, McMahon had nine points and one rebound in nine minutes. He hit two three's on one possession in the second half.

***Mitchell hit his first six shots of the game and finished 8 of 13, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. He was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line, including a weird sequence where he went 1-for-4 on the same trip but had two of the missed wiped out by Virginia Tech lane violations.

***Ray Spalding had five points, five rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.

***The Cardinals played without V.J. King (deep thigh bruise) but did get two points in four minutes from Jay Henderson.

***The 90 points scored against U of L was the most by an opponent in the Yum Center. The 17 three-pointers were the most hit against a U of  L team in a game that didn't go to overtime.


U of L coach Rick Pitino:

"Well, we didn't have anything. I knew this would be a really tough game for us on defense because they play four guards. You've got to give them credit they're a great shooting team, great driving team. Playing four guards is very difficult for our guys, but you hate to win a game just solely with offense, but we did tonight. You've got to take the wins. We played great offense tonight, made big plays when we had to make it.  We'll take a win from a team that just shot the lights out. They're a dangerous squad."

Up next . . . 

The Cardinals will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a game against the Tar Heels on Wednesday night at 9 p.m.

(Thanks to Will Clark of WHAS-840 for the video)

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