LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 11 Louisville closed the first half on a 20-0 run as the Cardinals pulled away to defeat the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, 87-56, on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center
EKU silenced the Yum! Center crowd early, as the Colonels ran out to a 7-0 lead when junior forward Zach Charles threw down a dunk at the 18:11 mark of the first half.
Eastern still led, 14-11, when freshman forward Marlon Adams converted a layup with 12:11 showing on the clock.
With the game tied, 16-16, Louisville guard Quentin Snider rattled off eight straight points to spark Louisville on a 20-0 run over the final seven minutes of the half. The host Cardinals took a commanding 36-16 lead into the locker room at the break.
UofL lead by double digits the rest of the way.
Sophomore forward Nick Mayo paced EKU with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and a block. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year leads the Colonels in scoring this season at 18.9 points-per-game.
Freshman guard Asante Gist finished with 12 points, three assists and two steals, while Adams came off the bench to tally 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks. Freshman forward DeAndre Dishman pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.
Pictured above is EKU senior guard Isaac McGlone, who had five points.
Donovan Mitchell led four Louisville players in double figures with 15 points.
Louisville entered the game as one of the top defensive teams in the country, and it showed. The Cardinals stifled the Colonels to 35.6 percent (21-of-59) shooting from the floor – their third lowest percentage of the season.
EKU returns to action on Monday night when the Colonels travel to Virginia to face Norfolk State. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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