The Louisville Men’s Basketball team finished off their streak of 4 home games with a 84-72 win over St. Francis on Friday night. St. Francis played a small, quick lineup that gave the Cards some fits on the defensive end. The Cards allowed St. Francis to shoot 45% from the field and 47% from 3. Louisville held an 11 point lead at halftime and only out scored St. Francis by 1 point in the second half.
The Cards were led by Ray Spalding, who put together his most impressive performance of the season. Spalding had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Every starter scored double figures and freshman Jordan Nwora joined in with 10 points of his own. Coach Padgett continued to emphasize that his team is missing open shots (9-25 from 3) and that he is encouraging them to keep shooting. Padgett also said that his team is going to have to rely on their defense to win games this year when the shots aren’t falling.
The Cards face their toughest test of the young season this Tuesday when they travel to Purdue.