Analyzed Sports | S.K. Patrick
Grit and Grind: Louisville Beats the Bryant Bulldogs
Gritty defense and some explosive play late in the first half helped jump-start the Louisville Cardinals offense in front of a crowd of 16,236 at the KFC Yum Center. Louisville at some points looked like they were the team with the losing record but The University of Louisville Cardinals (7-2) pulled out a win against the Bryant Bulldogs (1-10). Louisville was looking to keep their momentum going strong after defeating the neighbors to the north in the Indiana Hoosiers over the weekend.The win gave Louisville their 3rd straight victory. The final score was 102-59. It was the first time Louisville has hit triple figures this season.
It was a struggle throughout most of the first half. The Cardinals raced out to a nice lead but the Bulldogs had a lot of bite closing the gap to one point in the middle part of the first half. But the better team slowly showed it’s self. In the final five minutes of the half, the Cards went on a 20-5 run powered by center Anas Mahmoud who was a man amongst boys. His 17 points, 7 rebounds, and power dunks fueled Louisville from their sluggish play to start the game. The lead going into halftime was 51-35. Deng Adel was in double figures in the first half chipping in 10 points and two assists.
“I don’t want to say we’re slow starters but for whatever reason, it takes us to around the 8-minute mark to really get going.’’ Head Coach David Padgett said. “It’s just matter of getting into the flow of the game and figuring out what the other team is trying to do.”
While the offense was slow to start the defense played well throughout the game. Especially in the second half when Louisville threw a mixture of full court and half court press trapping the Bulldogs numerous times causing them to burn timeouts early in the second half. Bryant was only able to score 24 points in the second half. Louisville limited their turnovers with only 6 while sharing the basketball with 21 assists. In comparison, Bryant had 13 turnovers and only 6 assist. Louisville shot 56% overall from the field, Bryant shot 34.5% and couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean-going 8-34 for 23.5% in the second half.
The Cards played their best half of the season. Guard Deng Adel led the way in the second half posting overall stats of 17 points and 4 assists. Joining Deng in double figures were Ray Spalding, Anas Mahmoud, Quentin Snider, and Lance Thomas. The Cardinals only had one day in between the Indiana game and tonight’s game. They will have a well-deserved break wrapping up finals week. The Cards will take their game on the road into hostile territory at the FedExForum on Saturday. Louisville looks to get back into the top 25 rankings with a win against a very tough Memphis Tigers team.