NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina Central at Louisville
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:00 PM EST

NCC
58
Lou
87
F
Seton
83
StLou
66
F
TexAr
47
Oreg
67
F
Fla
59
UConn
62
F
CAPoly
48
StMar
79
F
NMSt
53
Ariz
83
F
VMI
89
UCDav
84
F(2OT)
JacSt
65
VACom
93
F
MTSt
52
TNTec
39
F
(N/A)
54
Jacksn
44
F
Marq
61
Wisc
77
F
Mobil
58
SeLA
65
F
Stony
64
NDSt
57
F
UCF
67
IlSt
65
F
Copp
70
NoKY
82
F
How
68
Toled
112
F
Yale
57
OkSt
64
F
N DA
60
Valpa
74
F
Ida
68
ArkSt
82
F
ArkLR
76
CenAR
56
F
NOrl
59
MisSt
82
F
Detr
65
Clem
87
F
Dart
80
UMassL
75
F(OT)
IdaSt
61
WaSt
72
F
(N/A)
53
Drake
98
F
CSNor
62
Rich
90
F
TexPA
55
TXAMC
63
F
Ball
69
IndSt
55
F
(N/A)
47
Fres
92
F
UCRiv
51
Pacif
58
F
Rider
55
AzSt
92
F
Wake
65
Charl
67
F(OT)
Fairf
75
LoyMD
84
F(OT)
(N/A)
60
SJSU
85
F
GASt
83
GTown
91
F

Nov 17, 2019, 5:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina Central (1-3)

19

39

58

(4) Louisville (4-0)

43

44

87

Jordan Nwora scores 17 points, No. 4 Louisville rolls
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) North Carolina Central coach LaVelle Moton said he had to pick his poison when his Eagles faced fourth-ranked Louisville on Sunday. So, his team let the Cardinals fire away.

It ended up almost becoming a historic shooting night for the Cardinals.

Jordan Nwora scored 17 points to lead Louisville in an 87-58 rout.

The Cardinals (4-0) once again had the hot hand on offense. They entered the game ninth in the country in shooting at 54.1%, and they shot 66.7% against the Eagles. With five players averaging in double figures and two shooting better than 50 percent from the 3-point arc for the season, Moton said the Eagles couldn't guard everything in Louisville's arsenal.

"We tried to dare them to shoot the basketball," Moton said. "I think they shot it better than they ever have."

It was Louisville's best shooting performance since the Cardinals hit 70 percent of their shots in a 94-67 victory over Tulane on Feb. 27, 1993. The team's shooting record is 71.4% last reached Jan. 12, 1983, in a 91-76 win at Duke.

Nwora needed only 21 minutes to do his damage as coach Chris Mack had a chance to play 11 players in the blowout. Steven Enoch made 7 of 9 shots to add 15 points. Dwayne Sutton scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Darius Perry was perfect on four shots for 10 points and seven assists.

"We've just been working on getting to the lane a little more," Perry said. "I feel like we get to the lane, good things happen. being able to kick it out for threes or find Steve in the dunkers' spot."

Louisville never trailed in the contest and used a 19-4 run over the last 5:41 of the first half to pull away. Enoch and Sutton both scored 10 in the half as Louisville led 43-19 at halftime.

The Cardinals made 7 of 8 shots during the run, including four outside shots.

"I thought our guys did a really good job of being patient, taking what was there," Louisville coach Chris Mack said.

The Eagles (1-3) shot just 28.6% in the first half, missing 10 of the final 12 shots in the half as Louisville pulled away. N.C. Central never got closer than 17 points in the second half.

Randy Miller Jr. led NCCU with 15 points.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Louisville won both its games in the past week by 29 points each. While they haven't been nearly as tested as the teams ranked higher than them, the Cardinals still stand to move up in wake of top-ranked Kentucky's upset loss to Evansville on Tuesday.

GETTING HEALTHIER

A deep Louisville team is on the verge of getting deeper. After the game, Mack said both junior forward Malik Williams and freshman guard David Johnson have been cleared to play, but he opted not to put them in the lopsided contest.

"They haven't had their basketball legs under them in so long, especially David, that I'm not going to put those guys out there in a 25- or 30-point game just yet," Mack said.

The 6-foot-11 Williams, who started 20 of 34 games last season and averaged 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, broke his right foot during a Sept. 20 practice and was expected to miss up to eight weeks. The 6-5 Johnson, a Louisville native, injured his left non-shooting shoulder in late July. After surgery on July 30, he was expected to miss between four-to-six months.

BIG PICTURE

N.C. Central: The undersized Eagles simply had no answer for the Cardinals. Not only did they struggle on offense, shooting just 33.3%, but until the Cardinals subs came in when the game was well in hand, they also had trouble on the offensive glass, scoring seven of their 15 second-chance points in the final 4:26.

Louisville: The Cardinals once again used an ensemble to dominate as seven players scored at least eight points. Not only did the bigger Cardinals dominate inside, making 16 of 19 shots in the paint, they also made 10 of 21 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

N.C. Central: At Youngstown State on Tuesday night.

Louisville: Hosts South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday night.

Leaders

North Carolina Central PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Graves 0 0 0 1 0 0
R. Miller Jr. 15 0 1 4 1 0
Louisville PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Q. Slazinski 0 0 1 2 0 0
J. Nwora 17 0 0 3 1 0

Team Comparison

NCC Lou
Points For 58 87
Field Goals 19/57-33% 30/45-67%
Three Pointers 6/26-23% 10/21-48%
Free Throws 14/25-56% 17/25-68%
Offensive Rebounds 15 5
Defensive Rebounds 13 26
Rebounds 31 32
Blocks 0 2
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 10 11
Personal Fouls 22 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Lou Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Nov 17 NCC 58 @ Lou 87 D. Palmer 1 K. Oddo 1

Game Information

Stadium: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 14,874
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