Senior forward Luke Whitehead recorded a double-double in leading the Cardinals past EA Sports in an exhibition at Freedom Hall on Monday night.
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Senior forward Luke Whitehead
led the Cardinals to a 90-78 victory over EA Sports in an exhibition contest at Freedom Hall on Monday night. Whitehead led the Cardinals with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
While the Cardinals led for nearly the entire game, they did show composure throughout, holding off a number of rallies by the EA Sports team. After pulling ahead 30-20 with 7:41 remaining in the first half, EA Sports went on a 14-0 run to pull ahead 34-30. A three-pointer by Francisco Garcia
, with 2:30 left in the opening half, ended the drought and sparked a 13-4 Cardinal rally, giving Louisville
a 43-38 halftime advantage.
During the first 30 minutes of action, U of L utilized a strong team defense to help it build it's five point lead. During that frame, the Cardinals outscored EA Sports 20-4 on points off turnovers and 8-0 in fast break points.
"We did a great job of being active defensively in the first half," said head coach Rick Pitino. "We had 37 deflections in the first half…which I never seen before."
Following a Garcia three-pointer to open the second half, Louisville's Kendall Dartez
reeled off 11 consecutive points, including a three-pointer, to help the Cardinals build a nine point lead at 57-48.
"Kendall played a on a bruised heel tonight and did a fabulous job," commented Pitino. "He's been playing great basketball for us, so that's encouraging."
Louisville extended it's lead to 72-54 on a dunk by Whitehead with 9:16 remaining in the game. Whitehead converted 9 of 17 field goal attempts and was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free throw line in the game.
The Cardinals next four baskets came from beyond the three point arc, one each by Garcia, Brad Gianiny, Taquan Dean and Prileu Davis, to secure the win.
Garcia and Dartez joined Whitehead in double figures, scoring 20 points and 13 points respectively.
Louisville's next opponent will be an exhibition against the Asheville Altitude of the NBDL on Sunday, November 23rd at Freedom Hall.
Pending approval from the NCAA, Louisville will hold another Red-White scrimmage this Saturday.
Newcomer Nouha Diakite was held out of Monday's exhibition as he waited for paperwork from the foreign team that he played on, which arrived on Monday afternoon. His paperwork will be submitted to the NCAA on Tuesday and anticipates participating in the possible Red-White game this coming Saturday.