Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang finished his career in the KFC Yum Center in style - with a double-double and a victory

Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang finished his career in the KFC Yum Center in style - with a double-double and a victory - as the Cardinals tagged Notre Dame with a 71-64 loss on Senior Day.

University of Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang walked towards the press table for a radio interview after Saturday's 71-64 victory on Senior Day over Notre Dame at the KFC Yum Center.

One fan told Mathiang, 'nice game' and another said 'way to go out' before a third said 'what a Senior Day.'

Mathiang's response: "I just wanted the 'W' mate."

The fifth-year senior from Australia not only got the win for his team but finished off his career in the Yum Center with a double-double, amassing a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes during the victory.

"It's a great way to go out," Mathiang said. "I was just going with the flow of the game and as the game got going, the moments for me kept getting sweeter and sweeter. It was pretty sweet."

U of L coach Rick Pitino said Mathiang gave his team a "tremendous lift" on Senior Day.

"Well we wanted to go inside tonight and move the basketball," Pitino said. "We shot the ball way to quick in the beginning and that is why we got down. We didn't even give our rebounders a chance to rebound the ball. Then we started going inside and working it the right way, and we got a lot of good buckets. When they went zone, they didn't play the four, five and that is something we have to work on this week."

U of L guard Donovan Mitchell said Mathiang wanted to "do something memorable" in his final game.

After sitting out the first five minutes of the game, Mathiang came in and right away made an impact. He his his first two shots of the game and had 12 points in the first half of the contest.

"The guys kept looking for me, they kept telling me to keep attacking the basket,” Mathiang said.

Mathiang finished 8 of 17 from the field and also had one block, one steal and one assist. His 18-point effort gave him 511 for his career and he's averaging 15 points over the last two games.

But this one was a little extra special.

"Just knowing this was my last hurrah," Mathiang said. "It was tough. But it was sweet."


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