It looked like they were going to do it again. For the 4th time this season, the Louisville Cardinals came back from at least a 9-point deficit in the 2nd half to take the lead. However, the magic ran out in the closing seconds and the Georgetown Hoyas were able to defeat the Cards 62-59. It was a big win for the Hoyas who are currently riding a 5-game winning streak.
Both teams started the game in a very sloppy fashion. Louisville attempted to turn the game into a track meet while Georgetown looks to slow the Cards pace down and not allow them to score in transition. Neither strategy really paid off as both sides struggled to a halftime score of 22-18 favoring the Hoyas with a combined 18 turnovers between the two teams (10 for Louisville and 8 for Georgetown). The Cards went an abysmal 2-8 from 3-point land in the first half and Peyton Siva, who has been the Cards savior as of late, didn’t score a first half point.
The Cards didn’t respond well to what Rick Pitino had to say to them at halftime either because the Hoyas were able to capitalize on more Louisville missed shots and turnovers to expand their lead to 9 points with less than 10 minutes to go in the game. However, in patented Louisville form, the Cards hit a series of 3-pointers from Siva, Kyle Kuric, and Chris Smith to jumpstart a 15-4 Louisville run that eventually helped the Cards take the lead with just under 6 minutes to go. Ultimately it was a 3-pointer made by Georgetown’s Hollis Thompson with 2:01 left that set the Hoyas up for victory. Louisville failed to convert on their next three possessions and Georgetown was able to stay ahead by converting at the foul line in the closing seconds.
Terrence Jennings led the Cardinals with a career high 18 points and 7 rebounds while Louisville’s two main offensive threats were held in check. Preston Knowles only scored 11 points and went 3-14 in field goals. Siva had more turnovers than points in the game (8 turnovers to 5 points) and was ineffective when driving to the basket all night.
The Cards fall to 17-5 overall and are now tied with Notre Dame for the 2nd best conference record in the Big East at 6-3. The Hoyas improve to 17-5 overall and are now 6-4 in Big East play. Louisville’s next game is Saturday against last place DePaul at 8:00pm EST at the KFC Yum! Center.
About the Author
Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.