Louisville ends two-game skid, grinds win over Miami

Jordan Nwora capturing scoring honors once again, collecting a total of 19 points against Miami (Cindy Rice Shelton photos).

Just Miami for the second time this season. Nothing about which for the University of Louisville basketball team to get too excited. The Cardinals having defeated the Hurricanes easily on their home court in the season opener way back on Nov. 5.

One of the more fun moments for UofL fans. Attendance was 14,980 (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Hitting on all cylinders early in the first half, Louisville racing out to a 30-10 lead. The killer instinct nowhere to be found, allowing Miami to reduce the deficit to five points in the second half. UofL would do just enough to grind out a 74-58 win before 14,980 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.

An offense that struggles when it should be taking advantage of defensive weaknesses, finding ways not to score when they could put the game out of reach. Needing a lesser opponent to pose a serious threat before generating any extra intensity.

The good news was that the two-game losing streak came to an end after losses to Kentucky and Florida State. If you were betting college basketball money lines on Louisville you can finally cash that ticket. 
Darius Perry had nine points and three assists against Miami (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Jordan Nwora on cue, leading his team in scoring with 19 points, including three of five 3-point attempts. Steve Enoch still not getting it in the post but managing 12 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Perry and Dwayne Sutton contributing 10 and nine points, respectively.

A grinder of a game, more of a nodding affair than anyone anticipated. Not the easy win at home this team could have used before hitting the road for three ACC games. UofL returns to town Jan. 22nd for a game against Georgia Tech.

 

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.