Cards blow another road lead; Fall to WVU

West Virginia overcame a 13-point deficit Saturday afternoon in the final minutes for a 77-74 win over Louisville, denying Rick Pitino's team a much needed signature conference victory.

With 9:58 left to play Saturday in Morgantown, it appeared Louisville was on its way to their first signature win of the season over nationally-ranked West Virginia. Despite a slow start, the Cardinals led 66-53 when Samardo Samuels scored on a Peyton Siva assist.

But Louisville, which blew a late lead at Pittsburgh two weeks ago before falling in overtime, couldn't hang on down the stretch as West Virginia overcame a 13-point deficit to knock off the visiting Cardinals 77-74, denying the Cardinals an important road win. Louisville committed five turnovers in the final ten minutes and scored just four points in the game's final 6:56.

Louisville had two critical officiating calls go against them in the final seconds of the game. Clinging to a 75-74 lead under 30 seconds, the officials gave West Virginia possession after it appeared Rakeem Buckles deflected the ball off of Joel Mazulla. Seconds later, Da'Sean Butler hit a short jumper to give the Mountaineers a 76-75 lead.

Down one with six seconds to play, the officiating crew gave West Virginia the ball under Louisville's basket despite replays that showed the ball went out of bounds off of Devin Ebanks. The official under the basket turned away to avoid being hit with the ball and didn't see the play. Louisville was forced to foul and Butler made two free throws for the game's final score.

The Cardinals fell behind 13-0 at the start, but battled back to take a 44-40 halftime lead. Samuels and Reginald Delk led UofL with 16 points, while Peyton Siva added 14, hitting four three's. Butler led West Virginia with 27 points.

The loss dropped Louisville to 13-8 this season – 4-4 in the Big East. The Cardinals play Connecticut Monday night at home.

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