November 21, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Louisville Cardinals 89, North Florida Ospreys 61, Recap
The Louisville Cardinals squared off with the North Florida Ospreys on Saturday at noon. Both teams came into the game undefeated: UNF at 3-0 and UofL at 2-0. Junior guard Dallas Moore who came in averaging 24.3 PPG and 8.3 APG, led an Osprey team into the Yum! Center after defeating Illinois on the road in the first game of the season. On the other hand, 5th year senior G/F Damion Lee (16.0 PPG) and sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku (14.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG) led the hometown Cardinals into battle. Starting small forward freshman Deng Adel missed the game with a sprained left knee.
North Florida came out firing from the 3 point line, but eventually cooled down. With under 10 minutes to go, Louisville started to pull away. However, with 3:34 to go Dallas Moore hit a shot to give North Florida the lead once again at 31 to 30. That didn’t last long as the Cardinals took the lead back and led at half 43 to 41. Damion Lee had 10 and Trey Lewis had 9 for the Cards while Dallas Moore had 14 and Beau Beech had 13 for the Ospreys. For the half, both teams shot 41% from the field: UofL with 17-41 and UNF with 13-32. However, the Ospreys shot 56% from behind the arc (9-16) while Louisville only shot 29% (2-7). The hometown team out-rebounded the visitors 31 to 13.
The seond half was the complete opposite. Louisville came out with a vengeance and shot the ball extremely well. The lead for Louisville stayed in the 15 to 20 range for most of the second half. Louisville hands North Florida their first loss by a score of 89 to 61 . UofL for the game shot 34-64 (53% FG) and 4-11 behind the arc (36%). UNF fished the game shooting 35% (20-57 FG) and 48% from behind the arc (11-23). Dallas Moore (21 points) and Beau Beech (18 points) led the Ospreys, but Damion Lee (24 points, 7 reb), Trey Lewis (15 points), and Raymond Spalding (18 points, 12 reb, 4 stl) carried the Cardinals to victory.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Junior guard Dallas Moore for North Florida is a quality player. North Florida might just be the best the Atlantic Sun has to offer and could potentially be very dangerous come tournament time. The Ospreys return to action on Tuesday on the road against St. Louis. As for Louisville Damion Lee and Trey Lewis are vital to this team. Chinanu Onuaku is a force in the middle and freshman forward Raymond Spalding showed a lot of promise. UofL will take on St. Francis Brooklyn at home on Tuesday.