Cards get hard fought win over Providence

Andre McGee scored four points in the final 1:22 to help No. 8 Louisville (12-2, 1-1) to a hard fought 72-67 win on the road against Providence (7-6, 0-2) for the Cardinals first ever Big East win.

No. 8 Louisville made history Saturday night. With a 72-67 win over host Providence, Rick Pitino's Cardinals won their first ever Big East men's basketball game.

It didn't come easy, though.

Louisville looked in good shape with a nine-point lead with under five minutes remaining in the game. But a 12-2 Providence run over the next three and half minutes put the Friars back ahead 67-66 with 1:42 remaining in the game.

That's when freshman point guard Andre McGee and sophomore reserve Terrance Farley came up huge for Louisville.

After Weyinmi Efejuku's free throw put the Friars up one, McGee drove to the basket and scored with 1:22 to give Louisville a 68-67 lead. After a Providence miss, McGee again drove for a basket and a 70-67 lead. McGee, who was fouled on the shot, missed the free throw, but the Cardinals forced a Donnie McGrath missed three-pointer late in the shot clock that Farley rebounded and drew a quick foul.

Ahead three with 14 seconds left, Farley made 1-2 free throws to put the Cards up 71-67. Chad Millard hit 1-2 free throws to finish out the scoring with 2.6 seconds.

"That was the most important one," said Farley, who finished with 3 points, 6 rebounds, and one block. "I'm glad I hit the first one."

McGee finished with 12 points, and 2 assists as the Cards scored the games final six points.

"It felt great," McGee said. "We needed a road win and we got it tonight. I'm ready to step up any time coach needs me to."

Padgett again led Louisville in scoring with 16. Taquan Dean continued to struggle with his shooting, making just 5-15 field goals and 1-6 3's. Dean managed to score 14 points, but also made 6 turnovers. Juan Palacios and Chad Millard scored 9 and 8, respectively.

Weyinmi Efejuku led Providence with 19 point. Donnie McGrath added 14 points, while Randall Hanke and Sharaud Curry both added 11.

The Cards trailed 34-30 at halftime, but overcame that deficit by holding the Friars to 37 percent shooting from the floor.

Louisville returns to the court Monday night at Freedom Hall against UC Davis.


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