Thursday, January 21, 2016

No. 17 Louisville Cruises Past Florida State

(17) Louisville 84
Florida State 65

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Quentin Snider scored 20 points, Damion Lee added 14, and No. 17 Louisville had no problem with Florida State in an 84-65 victory on Wednesday night. Freshman guard Donovan Mitchell added 13 points for the Cardinals, including a monstrous one-handed dunk in the first half that charged a crowd of 21,349 in the late-evening game. Leading 22-15 at that point, Louisville never looked back in building a lead that reached 32.

Malik Beasley scored 23 points and Devon Bookert had 18 in his first start of the season for Florida State (12-6, 2-4), which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

Snider made 8 of 12 from the field including 3 of 4 3-pointers to finish a point off his career high achieved two weeks ago against North Carolina State.

Dwayne Bacon had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles, who played without sophomore guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who did not play on the decision of coach Leonard Hamilton. His presence might not have made much of a difference against a Louisville squad that returned from a six-day layoff with an impressive effort.

Though Louisville was hard pressed to match the 29-percent field-goal defense that beat Pittsburgh last week, it held the long and athletic Seminoles to 42 percent shooting. The Seminoles also made just 9 of 21 free throws.

FSU was definitely no match on the glass against Louisville, which had a 10-3 advantage in offensive rebounds in the first half alone and finished with a 17-14 edge. Overall, the Cardinals owned the boards 24-14 in the first half and outscored FSU 11-0 in second-chance points to build a 41-27 halftime lead that kept growing.

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