The Louisville Cardinals pulled away in the second half for a 68-52 win over Virginia Tech on Senior Day at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville improves to 24-6 overall and 15-4 in the ACC. Virginia Tech drops to 15-14 and 6-12.
In his final game at home, Jordan Nwora led the Cards with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan McMahon added 10 points and 3 assists. Steven Enoch, Dwayne Sutton, and David Johnson each finished with 8 points. Keith Oddo scored 3 points on 1-1 from three-point range. Louisville shot 45.6 percent from the field and went 6 of 20 from deep.
For the Hokies, Jalen Cone led the way with 15 points. Nahiem Alleyne finished with 12 points and 3 rebounds. Virginia Tech shot 38.0 percent from the field.
The game started slow on both ends; Louisville led 5-2 six minutes into the first half. Virginia Tech led by as many as five points in the first half, but it was a 27-27 tie headed into the break. Out of halftime, it was back and forth before Louisville went on a 10-0 run to lead 44-34. The Cards held a double-digit lead for the majority of the half from there and cruised to a 16-point win.
In the final minute, graduate transfer Keith Oddo drilled a corner three. It was his first made field goal of the season. The bench went wild.
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) March 2, 2020
Coming off the loss to Florida State, Louisville needed some help to get back into the race for an ACC regular season title. With FSU’s loss to Clemson on Saturday, the Cards are back into a tie atop the conference standings with the Seminoles. Louisville has not finished first in its conference since winning the AAC in 2014.
Virginia Tech came into Sunday with the second fewest conference wins of any ACC team. Still, Louisville trailed deep into the first half and took over when the Hokies were playing well. It was the performance that should be expected from this Cards team. Now all eyes are on next weekend as the Cards travel to Charlottesville to play a UVA team that has not lost in the three weeks since their trip to Louisville.
Louisville has the week off before the regular season finale on Saturday against Virginia at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.