Goode shines in FDU loss to No. 5 Louisville
George Goode lost a tooth after taking an elbow in the second
half. He still smiled. Nothing could go wrong in his return to
Goode, who played three seasons at Louisville before
transferring to pursue a graduate degree, had 17 points and 12
rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson in an 80-58 loss to the
fifth-ranked Cardinals on Saturday.
”I just loved it,” Goode said. ”I enjoyed every minute of it.
I would never change it for the world. I was happy to be
Melquan Bolding added 23 points for the Knights (1-8).
Goode, a role player at Louisville who received a degree in
communications before leaving for the Knights, got a loud ovation
during pregame and shook coach Rick Pitino’s hand after being
”It felt great to be back. The fans really showed a lot of
love,” Goode said. ”My team came out and played as hard as we
could. It felt good.”
Goode also scored the game’s first points with a dunk, but FDU’s
lead would be short-lived.
Siva answered with two layups and Louisville never trailed
”George had some intricacies in their offense that he was able
to exploit so it was good,” FDU coach Greg Vetrone said. ”He
played tremendous tonight. The last three games he’s really got his
feet on the ground. He’s had three games of double-doubles. I think
he could be an all-conference player for us, without
Goode’s putback dunk cut Louisville’s lead to 27-18 when no one
blocked out their former teammate. Gorgui Dieng grabbed an
offensive rebound after the timeout and scored to spark a 10-0 run
that made the margin 19 points with 2:39 left in the first
FDU, which has lost 19 of its last 20 on the road and was picked
to finish last in the Northeast Conference, never came closer than
16 the rest of the way.
Goode took an elbow from Zach Price late in the second half and
pulled out his mouth guard with the tooth still attached.
”It was fake anyway,” Goode said.
Dieng had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Kuric added 18 points
and Peyton Siva had 16 for Louisville, which is in the midst of a
10-game homestand that will get a lot tougher when the Cardinals
host No. 21 Memphis next Saturday after finishing final exams this
The Cardinals’ upcoming schedule also features meetings with No.
18 Georgetown on Dec. 28 and top-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 31.
Louisville has already had seven different players sit out games
this season with Saturday’s absence of reserve guard Russ Smith
(neck), but the Cardinals have relied on defense to remain
”They got great guard play tonight. They’re active defensively.
We’ve never seen defense like that so far this year. They really
defend and rebound,” Vetrone said. ”It’s great motivation for our
team. We go 10 for 21 from the free throw line. So, you know, you
make six or seven of those and you’re under double figures to the
No. (5) team in the country on their floor. That’s what coaches
say. Realistically, as a coach: Coach Pitino is my friend. I love
him and I say thanks for not blowing me out by 40 points.”