Louisville delivered the dominant 40-minute performance that fans have spent weeks clamoring for, pasting visiting Clemson 80-62 Saturday afternoon inside the KFC Yum Center.
Darius Perry led the way in U of L’s sixth straight victory, knocking down all five of his three-point attempts on his way to a career-high 19 points. Samuell Williamson also continued to build on his strong recent play, coming off the bench to chip in 14 points. Steven Enoch (11) and Jordan Nwora (10) also scored in double figures, while Dwayne Sutton finished with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Cards were also terrific on the defensive end, limiting Clemson to 34.4 percent from the field and just 11-of-38 (28.9 percent) from beyond the arc. Tiger star Aamir Simms was frustrated all afternoon, finishing with just four points (tied for his second-fewest of the season) on 1-of-7 shooting from the field. Brad Brownell’s team had just one player score in double figures, point guard Clyde Trapp who scored 11.
There’s really not a whole lot about this performance that wasn’t fantastic. The effort level was consistently terrific, the offensive execution was consistently terrific, the shooting was consistently terrific, Louisville actually won the first segment after halftime, and there was never really a moment after the game’s first few minutes where you felt like Clemson had a run in them. The Cards are now off to an 8-1 start in league play for the first time since joining the ACC.
I’m not sure any of us could have asked for anything more.
Maybe it’s all starting to come together. Six straight.