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Louisville opens exhibition season with 109-71 win over Kentucky Wesleyan

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Louisville remained unbeaten all-time in exhibition games under Rick Pitino by pasting Kentucky Wesleyan 109-71 inside the KFC Yum Center Thursday night.

A host of Cardinals gave impressive offensive performances, with Deng Adel and his 16 points leading the way. As a team, U of L shot 60 percent from the field.

Junior point guard Quentin Snider was the offensive catalyst early, helping Louisville race out to a double-digit lead by connecting on three of his first four 3-point attempts. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Backcourt mate Donovan Mitchell chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and four assists, while starting power forward Jaylen Johnson scored 15 points and snagged six rebounds.

It was another shooting exhibition from redshirt freshman guard Ryan McMahon, who came off the bench to connect on four 3-point attempts and finish with 14 points. Fellow reserves V.J. King and Ray Spalding each added eight points.

Some of the loudest cheers of the night came when senior center Mangok Mathiang entered the game for the first time in the opening half. Mathiang broke his foot during Louisville's Dec. 13 win over Western Kentucky last season, and saw his first game action since then Thursday night. He finished with seven points on 3-of-3 shooting and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

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