Louisville overcame an early deficit and eventually rolled past Miami Sunday night, improving to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.
Miami led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but Louisville rallied to cut the deficit to only 1 at the break. The Cards controlled the game from there, outscoring Miami 50-32 in the second half. Jordan Nwora led Louisville with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Malik Williams followed with 19 and 11 of his own. For Miami, Zach Johnson and Dejan Vasiljevic each scored 19 points to lead their team.
This is a game that could have gone very bad for Louisville, but they withstood a slow start on both ends to get a much-needed win in its conference opener. Nwora scored 18 of his 20 in the first half, which makes the second half burst even more impressive for the Cards. Altogether Louisville had five players in double figures, and they showed glimpses of the multidimensional offense that has been lacking for the majority of the season. Louisville also had zero turnovers in the second half.
Louisville was favored in this game, but they could have easily just rolled over and let Miami cruise after getting out to that big lead in the first half. That did not happen though; the Cards took care of business at home and showed why they were the better team over 40 minutes. There will obviously be tougher tests to come over the next two months, but it is nice to see the team get off to a good start in ACC play.
Up Next: Louisville travels up north for a midweek matchup with the Pitt Panthers Wednesday night at 8:00 ET.