Louisville's leading scorer Taquan Dean played only 12 minutes in the game, but did manage to cut the lead to two with just under a minute to go. Dean limped into the game with 1:15 left on the clock, brought the ball up the court and drilled a three-pointer from the wing.
"He's playing on one leg. He didn't practice all week," Rick Pitino said after the game. "We're a banged up team, we're a young team. Our backs are against the wall a little bit."
After some missed free throws, the Cards had a chance to win the game but missed three three-pointers.
"We were looking for a good shot. Those were great shots. I couldn't have diagrammed that shot," Pitino explained. "We were trying to get Tello off a pick because they would trap and pop him. But it worked out better. They were all great shots."
Pittsburgh used a lot of physical play and dominated the Cards on the glass by a total of 38 to 31. Aaron Gray grabbed a big time rebound in the last minute and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
David Padgett, who was so upset after the game that he declined to talk to the media, finished 4 of 12 from the field scoring nine points and snatching seven rebounds
The loss ruined Terrence Williams' best game of the year as he went 9 of 13 from the field scoring 25 points, grabbing five rebounds and notching four steals.
"Success is winning," Williams said. "Obviously I didn't have good enough success. I'll taking nothing for a win."
Even though they lost Pitino said he was happy his teams effort and said that they continue to play very hard.
"I think our guys played terrific I really do. I can't them fault them one bit. They played their asses off. They played hard. They are just going against more experienced teams that are stronger physically and stronger mentally but they are playing their tails off.
However Pitino realizes that their backs are against the wall.
"If we keep losing at home we're going to be an NIT team. So we can't be concerned with injuries whether a guys mouthed is wired or if a guys ankle is hurting we can't make any excuses. I don't care if we're young. I don't care if we're seven years old we got to win. It's as simple as that."
Louisville Game Notes
-Sophomore David Padgett missed a free throw in the first half to halt his streak of consecutive free throws made at 22 over the last nine games.
-The Cardinals nailed seven straight three-point field goals to open the game before Juan Palacios missed the first of the game in the second half.
-Freshman forward Terrance Williams reached a new career-high with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 three-point field goals. Williams previous high was 16 points in a win over the College of Charleston.
-The Cardinals shot a season-best 57.1 from behind the three-point line. Louisville hit 8-of-14 from behind the arc, the 11th time this season that Louisville hit seven or more three pointers in a game.
-The Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season when holding the opposition to under 70 points in a game. Louisville is now 12-1 this season and 83-11 under head coach Rick Pitino.
-Louisville held Pittsburgh to 37.7 percent shooting from the field, just the third time that Pitt was held to lower than 40 percent from the floor.
-The Cardinals were out-rebounded, 39-34, marking just the sixth time in 16 games that Louisville lost the rebounding battle.
"I'm proud of our guys they are playing with great effort and great heart. They are just getting beat by better teams."
"This is not conference USA. Conference USA is finesse fast break type league. This is a football league in a basketball league. You play with pads on you got to get ready to go."
Terrance Williams Quotes
"I was open. When you're open you're taught to shoot the ball. That's the reason I had points. But it doesn't matter."
"I just wanted to win. We wanted to do everything possible. At that time with Dean coming in to shoot the big three, when it win in…I'm thinking this is what you live for."