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Louisville opens 2016-17 season with 78-47 win over Evansville

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The victory marked the 100th for the Cardinals inside the KFC Yum Center.

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Louisville got its 2016-17 season off to a terrific start by pasting visiting Evansville 78-41 Friday night. The victory marked U of L's 100th inside the KFC Yum Center.

Jaylen Johnson kicked off his junior season with a monster effort, posting career highs in both points (19) and rebounds (14). He led the Cardinals in both statistics. Donovan Mitchell added 15 points, while Mangok Mathiang -- playing in a regular season game for the first time since last December -- notched nine points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The victory was Louisville's 16th straight in a home opener, and also extended a 39-game November home winning streak that dates all the way back to 1972.

There were a few anxious moments for the Cardinals in the first half, however. After Evansville's Jaylon Brown banked in a 3-pointer to give the Purple Aces a 26-20 advantage, a furious Rick Pitino called a timeout to let his team have it. Louisville responded with a 23-1 run that allowed to take a 43-27 lead into halftime.

U of L didn't look back in the second 20 minutes, limiting Evansville to 14 points in the half and running away with its first victory of the season.

Here's the Cardinal box score:

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
M. MathiangF -- 4-10 0-0 1-2 4 3 7 0 0 2 1 2 9
J. JohnsonF -- 9-11 1-1 0-2 7 7 14 1 0 3 3 0 19
D. AdelF -- 1-8 0-3 4-5 1 4 5 2 1 0 1 0 6
D. MitchellG -- 6-11 2-6 1-2 2 3 5 3 4 0 3 0 15
Q. SniderG -- 0-1 0-1 3-4 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 3 3
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
A. MahmoudF -- 5-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 3 1 2 10
R. SpaldingF -- 1-4 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 5 2
V.J. KingF -- 0-1 0-1 6-8 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 6
M. StockmanC -- 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 4
T. SharpeG -- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. McMahonG -- 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
T. HicksG -- 2-5 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 4
J. HendersonG -- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. LevitchG -- 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
TEAM 30-63 3-15 15-27 19 33 52 15 10 10 12 17 78
47.6% 20.0% 55.6%