Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Louisville Blows Out Undersized Hartford

Louisville 87
Hartford 52

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) --The question wasn't whether Louisville could grab rebounds or score over undersized Hartford, but how assertive the Cardinals would be in making sure the ball was in their hands.

On either end of the floor, sophomore forward Chinanu Onuaku had his hand in it.

Onuaku scored a career-high 18 points, Damion Lee also scored 18 and Louisville used its size early and often against Hartford for an 87-52 victory Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (2-0) followed up their 41-point, opening-game thumping of Samford with another dominant performance on both ends against the Hawks (1-2). Louisville outscored Hartford 38-14 in the paint and controlled the boards 44-26 with Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson combining for 17 rebounds.

"That's what coach (Rick Pitino) wanted us to do, knowing that the team was small," said the 6-foot-10 Onuaku, who made 8 of 13 shots and two underhanded free throws in four attempts. "He told us that we had to crash the offensive boards and the defensive boards."

Onuaku's career scoring high came exactly a year after his previous best of 12 points against Jacksonville State.

Lee added outside shooting to help the Cardinals pull away from a tight beginning for his second straight double-figure scoring effort since transferring from Drexel. He had 14 points against Samford on Saturday.

Trey Lewis added 11 points, and Johnson had nine with eight rebounds for the Cardinals, who made 7 of 19 from 3-point range. The combined efforts helped Louisville finish 51 percent from the field after shooting 56 percent in the opener.

Just what the Cardinals expected against a team whose tallest player was 6-foot-9.

"All in all, pretty pleased," Louisville assistant coach Ralph Willard said in place of Pitino, who had an unspecified appointment.

"I think the guys did a good job of getting the ball inside, we obviously had a size advantage on them. We did a good job of recognizing that."

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