Four days after suffering its first loss of the season, top-ranked Louisville bounced back with a 99-67 thrashing of Eastern Kentucky inside the KFC Yum Center. The 99 points were the most the Cardinals have scored in a game this season.
Jordan Nwora was a red-hot 10-of-14 from the field and finished with a game-high 26 points. The All-American candidate knocked down three of his five three-point field goal attempts, and also notched seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
EKU also had no answer inside for Steven Enoch, who missed only one of his 10 field goal attempts and finished with a career-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds, a block, a steal and an assist.
Dwayne Sutton also scored in double figures, finishing the afternoon with 11. A three-pointer off a great find from David Johnson in the second half gave him the points necessary to put his college career scoring total over the 1,000-point mark.
Malik Williams was Louisville’s other double figure scorer, coming off the bench to chip in 11 points and six rebounds. Ryan McMahon dished out a team-high six assists, which was also the sharpshooter’s highest total in that department on the year.
For the game, Louisville shot 63.0 percent from the floor as a team, and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Cards were also nearly perfect from the free-throw line, where they misfired on just one of their 23 attempts.
Louisville’s .957 (22-23) free throw percentage vs. Eastern Kentucky is the second highest in program history with at least 20 attempts, trailing only a .966 (28-29) performance in a 69-58 win vs. South Florida on March 5, 1997.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) December 14, 2019
The win was Louisville’s 15th consecutive over Eastern Kentucky, matching it for the longest active winning streak U of L owns over an opponent. The Cardinals have also won 15 consecutive games against Virginia Tech.
Here’s your final box score from Saturday afternoon: