No. 13 Louisville rolls past Evansville in opener
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Jaylen Johnson had 17 points and 14 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell added 15 points and five rebounds to lead No. 13 Louisville to a 78-47 season-opening victory over Evansville on Friday night.
Mango Mathiang added 11 points and eight rebounds as the Cardinals played 14 players with 10 scoring. The Cardinals stared slow but got rolling late in the first half, holding the Purple Aces without a field goal over the last 9:05 of the half to take a 43-27 halftime lead.
Senior Jaylon Brown led the Aces with 19 points but made only 5 of 13 shots from the field against the Cardinals mostly man-to-man defense. Evansville made just 16 of 57 field goals attempts.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted the Cardinals to play fast and they did, especially late in the first half. The Cardinals trailed 26-20 with 9:05 but went on a 23-1 run.
Louisville outrebounded the smaller Purple Aces 52-29 and had 10 blocked shots. The Cardinals shot 47.6 percent from the field but made just three of 15 3-point attempts.