NCAAB Game Recap - Wake Forest at Louisville
Wed Feb 5, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Wake
76
Lou
86
F
Vill
76
Butl
79
F
Seton
78
GTown
71
F
IaSt
61
WVU
76
F
Iowa
68
Purd
104
F
LSU
90
Vand
99
F
Crei
56
Prov
73
F
LoyIL
39
IndSt
68
F
Pitt
72
ND
80
F
Mercer
57
Furm
79
F
Clem
44
UVA
51
F
Duques
82
StLou
68
F
SCar
70
Miss
84
F
SIU
64
Evans
60
F(OT)
Bingha
49
Albany
62
F
W IL
69
IPFW
75
F
Woff
79
VMI
73
F
Maine
52
Vermt
77
F
ETSU
80
Chat
64
F
UMassL
70
Stony
77
F
GrgWas
47
StBon
72
F
Citad
68
UNCG
88
F
Amer
62
Navy
54
F
Hartfo
59
UMBC
70
F
Colg
81
Leh
51
F
FlAtl
50
FlInt
69
F
UGA
75
Fla
81
F
Boston
80
Army
66
F
LoyMD
74
HolyC
60
F
Nich
64
SFA
70
F
WCU
78
Samf
70
F
AbCh
69
NWSt
73
F
Temp
65
Mem
79
F
TCU
57
OkSt
72
F
SamH
71
InWor
72
F(OT)
NDSt
86
NebOm
78
F
McNee
62
TXAMC
69
F
NrthIA
63
Valpa
51
F
IlSt
60
MOSt
80
F
HBU
79
SeLA
76
F
CenAR
67
Lamar
74
F
NCSU
83
Mia-FL
72
F
Wisc
52
Minn
70
F
Brad
60
Drake
73
F
UCRiv
48
CS-Ful
61
F
LongB
75
CAPoly
92
F
UNLV
54
UtSt
69
F

Feb 5, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Wake Forest (10-12)

46

30

76

(5) Louisville (20-3)

34

52

86

No. 5 Louisville edges Wake Forest for 9th straight win
Thu Feb 6, 2020 12:51 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville trailed Wake Forest in tempo and points at halftime. The Cardinals cranked up the energy after the break, and that kept them on their roll.

Jordan Nwora had 21 points and scored the go-ahead basket during an 18-5 second-half run that rallied No. 5 Louisville past Wake Forest 86-76 Wednesday night for its ninth consecutive victory.

Wake Forest led 46-34 at halftime behind 60% shooting before the Cardinals (20-3, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) picked things up and mounted the pivotal run over the first five minutes of the half. Nwora followed Ryan McMahon's four-point play with a breakaway dunk for Louisville's first lead at 52-51, and the Cardinals stretched it to 67-60.

The surge came after Louisville players talked things out in the locker room while coaches met down the hall in coach Chris Mack's office.

“The intensity definitely picked up,” said Louisville guard Lamarr Kimble, whose 14 points came after halftime. “I felt like we were foaming at the mouth at the beginning of the second half to do whatever to get that run. That was big for us to come out there and reshape our whole energy from the first half.”

Louisville made a season-high 14 of 28 3-pointers, including 6 of 12 in the second half, to finish 48% from the field after shooting 41% in the first half. The Cardinals also held the Demon Deacons (10-12, 3-9) to 9 of 30 from the field in the final 20 minutes and extend their longest winning streak in ACC play.

“Defensively, we didn't adjust," Mack said. “We just did what we were doing a hell of a lot better.”

Nwora made 5 of 8 from deep and 6 of 12 overall. Dwayne Sutton added 15 points and 11 rebounds, McMahon 12 points and Steven Enoch and Malik Williams 11 points each.

Andrien White scored 17 points and Olivier Sarr had 16 points and six rebounds for the Demon Deacons before fouling out. They had sought consecutive wins for the first time since winning three in a row from Dec. 14-Jan. 4.

“We wanted to win this game more than anything," White said. "We felt we were well prepared coming into this game and it didn't tip our way.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Louisville is 20-3 for the first time since 2004-05 and has started 11-1 in conference play for the first time since 1993, when it won the Metro Conference championship. ... The Cardinals improved to 7-2 against Wake Forest, including 3-1 at home. ... The Demon Deacons began 6 of 14 from long range before making just 2 of 11 in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: Unfazed by Louisville at the start, the Demon Deacons pushed their tempo and made clutch shots that forced the Cardinals to try and make up the deficit from outside. The second half was the complete opposite as they were overwhelmed on both ends and couldn't stop Louisville on the perimeter. Wake Forest is 1-4 against ranked schools this season.

“I thought we got off to a really good start offensively, especially from behind three,” coach Danny Manning said. "We shot the ball really well. I thought we did a good job of getting the ball to the paint below the free-throw line, making good decisions and we had guys ready to shoot it on the catch. That gave us a chance to build the lead.

“The second half, not so much.”

Louisville: The Cardinals shot better from deep than inside the arc in the first half and that proved to be their saving grace as shots continued to fall. Most importantly, they contested Wake's attempts more aggressively after halftime, especially in those early moments that seized momentum and the lead.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest concludes its two-game road swing at Syracuse on Saturday.

Louisville hosts defending national champion Virginia on Saturday, looking to end a nine-game losing streak against the Cavaliers. The Cardinals close the regular season in Charlottesville on March 7.

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Leaders

Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Massoud 0 0 0 1 1 0
A. White 17 0 1 6 0 0
Louisville PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Perry 0 0 2 1 0 0
S. Williamson 0 0 2 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Wake Lou
Points For 76 86
Field Goals 27/60-45% 24/50-48%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 14/28-50%
Free Throws 14/19-74% 24/31-77%
Offensive Rebounds 10 7
Defensive Rebounds 22 25
Rebounds 33 32
Blocks 1 3
Steals 6 4
Turnovers 12 11
Personal Fouls 22 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 5 Wake 76 @ Lou 86 J. Neath 2 D. Johnson 2

Game Information

Stadium: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 15,270
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