Louisville went into The Dunkin Doughnuts Arena with guns blazing. Jumping out to a 14-0 lead on Providence but before you knew it the Cards fire had dimmed out.
The Friars started the game 0-9 from the field which help lead to Louisville’s large deficit but Keno Davis pulled his troops together. Providence would follow-up that 0-9 start with 15-20 shooting and a shocking 42-37 lead.
Louisville seemed much to comfortable with settling on the offensive end in the 1st half. Taking 29 shot attempts with 20 of those being 3-point attempts. With Samardo Samuels just 1-5 in the half, the Cards needed the aggressive play of Senior Edgar Sosa who seemed to be the only Louisville player not scared of the switching Friars zone enough to at least try to penetrate.
At the halftime the Cards had allowed Providence to shoot 51% from the field and 50% from deep. It is no wonder the Friars answered Louisville’s 14-0 start with a 42-27 spurt of their own.
The second half looked like a carbon copy of the last ten minutes of the 1st half, as Louisville allowed Providence guards to move freely as they wanted into the lane, causing several open alley-oops and three-point looks for an explosive scoring team that doesn’t really need any extra help.
A game that was a battle of runs though ended with Louisville getting the last laugh. The Cards would finish off the Friars with a 20-3 spurt, giving the Cards a 2-0- Big East start and a 92-70 road victory. Their 1st road win of the season.
Edgar Sosa would lead all scorers with 26 points, the most the Senior has scored in his Cardinal career since putting up 31 in Rupp Arena his Freshman season. A huge and pleasant surprise for Cardinal fans had to be the surge that Freshman and Rhode Island native Mike Marra gave off the bench. Marra would match his career-high of 11 points and match his career-high of 3 three pointers made.
Samardo Samuels finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds but looked lethargic at times and very little motivated. A problem he and Louisville fans are having with him so far through his young career.
Other noteworthy things from the game…Peyton Siva played only 5 minutes, still suffering from a stomach bug that has kept him from practice over the last week or so. Kyle Kuric, who has been playing well by all counts never came off the bench for Louisville. A mystery I wish I could reveal here but I am sure the answer will come out sooner than later.
Marshon Brooks led all Providence players with 21 points. Sharaud Curry and Bilal Dixon each had 12 points as well. Talented Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson was held to just 3 points (season low) and 5 rebounds (matching season low). Peterson entered tonight’s game averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds, one of only two players in the Big East with a double-double average.
Louisville has little time to celebrate this victory. The Cards now have just 3 days to prepare for a much better St. Johns team, followed by a huge game versus Villanova just 2 days after that.