The Louisville Cardinals lead the entire way during its 80-62 win over Clemson on Saturday at home. Louisville is now 17-3 and 8-1 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 10-9 and 3-5.
Darius Perry scored a career high 19 points with 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Samuell Williamson added 14 points on 5-6 shooting. Jordan Nwora had 10 points and 5 boards. David Johnson notched 8 points with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Louisville shot 48.1 from the field and 47.6 from three-point range. The Cards out-rebounded Clemson 41-29.
Clyde Trapp led all Clemson scorers with 11 points. Six different Tigers scored between 6 and 8 points. Clemson was held to 34.4 percent from the field and shot 28.9 percent from deep.
Louisville raced out to a 8-1 lead during the opening minutes. It was 11-9 six minutes in when Louisville went on a 20-0 run to make it 31-9 right before the under-8 timeout. Louisville finished the first half strong and led 47-26 at the break. That was the Cards’ largest halftime lead against a conference opponent all season.
After the break, Louisville extended its lead by five during the first segment. Louisville got its lead out to 26 at one point and the game was never in question during any point throughout the second half. Clemson went on a small scoring run late and cut the final deficit to 18 points.
This was the type of win that so many Louisville fans have been waiting for. The Cards have had some large scoring margins during ACC play, but there has not been a game in which they led by double digits throughout the entire second half and finished off a complete 40 minute performance. Louisville did not score much during the middle portion of the second half, but they held on defensively and Clemson was unable to make its way back into the game. Freshmen David Johnson and Samuell Williamson have both provided a spark off the bench in the past two weeks that has really helped this team. Jordan Nwora only scored 10 points today, but it wasn’t needed as the game was put away early on.
For the majority of the past year and a half, Louisville’s team success had been reliant on the scoring numbers of Jordan Nwora. That has not been the case recently. Louisville looks much more complete on both ends of the floor. With the ACC in the midst of a down season, Louisville has taken advantage of that. The Cards have won six straight and are alone atop the conference without a bad loss on the resume. You should expect nothing less from a top-10 team.
Louisville travels to Boston College on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.