Live Blog: Louisville vs. Florida State
With three games remaining in the regular season, Louisville men's basketball plays eighth-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee Feb. 24 in a game for sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Florida State defeated Louisville 78-65 at the KFC Yum! Center Jan. 4.
The Cardinals (23-5 overall, 14-3 in the ACC) defeated North Carolina last Saturday for their second straight win following a two-game losing streak.
Florida State (23-4 overall, 13-3 in the ACC) has won three straight games and six of its last seven. The Seminoles defeated NC State 67-61 Feb. 22.
Follow along for live updates and analysis.
Louisville starters: Dwayne Sutton, Jordan Nwora, Malik Williams, Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble, David Johnson
Florida State starters: RaQuan Gray, Malik Osborne, Trent Forrest, M.J. Walker, Devin Vassell
Florida State wins the tip, but the first shot is missed and Johnson grabs the rebound.
Johnson stumbles and looses the ball, but the ball goes out of bounds off a Florida State player. Williams scores in the low post on a hook shot.
18:13 first half, Louisville leads Florida State 4-2.
17:31 first half, Williams is injured on a rebound. He landed awkwardly on Sutton's foot. He hobbles to the locker room. Steven Enoch is already dealing with an ankle injury.
Kimble scores again, just inside the free throw line. Louisville leads 8-4.
16:08 first half, Osborne is called for a traveling violation. Kimble made a nice defensive play on the possession.
14:43 first half, Louisville leads Florida State 8-6 heading into the first media timeout. The Cardinals are 4 of 7 from the field.
Enoch makes a pair of free throws, Louisville leads 10-6.
13:48 first half, Nwora makes two free throws. Louisville leads Florida State 12-6.
Anthony Polite makes a corner three-pointer, Florida State within three points, 12-9.
11:32 first half, Louisville leads Florida State 14-11. Dominik Olejniczak scores and is fouled by Enoch. He will shoot a free throw after the timeout.
Ryan McMahon hits a three-pointer. Louisville leads 17-11.
Samuell Williamson has a nice drive and finish with a layup. Louisville leads 19-15 with less than 10 minutes left in the first half.
Williamson scores again, extending Louisville's lead to 21-15.
7:10 first half, Darius Perry is called for a traveling violation. Louisville leads Florida State 24-19. The Cardinals are 9 of 16 from the field while the Seminoles are 38% from the field.
6:24 first half, Gray is fouled by Williamson in the low post. He makes a free throw. Louisville leads Florida State 24-20.
6:04 first half, Johnson banks in a shot following a drive that ended around the low block. He misses the free throw.
Walker hits a three-pointer, he pulls Florida State within three points.
4:46 first half, Louisville leads Florida State 28-25. Louisville coach Chris Mack calls a timeout.
Johnson scores on a drive, he slices through the lane and finishes with a layup.
Walker takes McMahon on a drive, making a fade away jumper. He has scored Florida State's last seven points.
Nwora makes a jumper and Enoch draws a charge on the following Florida State possession.
3:58 first half, Louisville leads Florida State 32-27. The Seminoles have seven turnovers already.
McMahon hits another three-point, Louisville takes its largest lead of the game, 35-27.
2:45 first half, Johnson scores on a drive, Louisville leads 37-27.
Patrick Williams ends a 7-0 Louisville run with a jumper, but Nwora answers with a deep three-pointer.
Halftime: Louisville leads Florida State 40-32. The Cardinals shoot 52% from the field, Nwora has a team-high 11 points. Eight different players have scored for each team. The Seminoles had nine turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cardinals are without Williams for the second half. He turned his ankle early in the first half. He is standing on the sideline in a protective boot.
Gray scores in the low post and is fouled. He makes the free throw. Kimble answers on the other end for Louisville with a jumper. The Cardinals lead 46-35.
Forrest makes a corner three-pointer, Louisville leads by eight points.
Vassell makes a pull-up jumper in transition, bringing Florida State within 46-40.
17:01 second half, Kimble makes a three-pointer to return Louisville's lead to nine points. Florida State has made its last three shots.
Kimble drives and finds Sutton along the baseline, who scores on a reverse layup. Kimble has down good things off screens thus far.
16:18 second half, Louisville leads Florida State 51-40. Walker is down on the floor.
14:57 second half, Vassell makes a jumper and is fouled by McMahon, ending a scoring drought. He makes the free throw, trimming Florida State's deficit to 51-43.
Enoch gathers a missed three-pointer by Sutton, scoring on an offensive rebound. Enoch's minutes are going to be a concern going down the stretch late in the second half, he usually rotates with Williams.
13:34 second half, McMahon drives and is fouled on a transition layup. He makes both free throws. Louisville leads 55-47.
12:31 second half, Nwora blocks a shot and McMahon gathers the loose ball. McMahon throws the ball out of the bounds looking for Kimble in transition. Louisville leads 55-49.
Vassell hits a three-pointer from the wing, Florida State trails by three points, 55-52.
11:04 second half, Enoch is charged with a foul. Florida State is on a 9-2 run. Louisville leads 55-52. The Cardinals are on a 2:30 scoring drought, have missed 1 of their last 8 shots.
9:04 second half, Walker is fouled on a drive, he makes two free throws. Florida State leads 60-55, on a 13-0 run, as Louisville's scoring drought has gone on for nearly five minutes.
8:33 second half, Williams throws down a transition dunk. Florida State is on a 15-0 run, leads 62-55. Louisville calls a timeout.
McMahon is fouled on a three-pointer, he makes three free throws to end Louisville's five minute scoring drought. Florida State leads 62-58.
7:54 second half, Louisville can't get the inbounds pass in following a Florida State basket and is forced to call a timeout. Florida State leads 64-58.
The Cardinals haven't made a field goal in 6:55.
7:07 second half, Williams is fouled on an offensive rebound. He makes a free throw, Florida State leads Louisville 65-58.
6:48 second half, Enoch is fouled in the low post, but Nwora has a turnover following the inbounds pass.
Louisville goes more than nine minutes without a field goal, which ends on a jumper by Johnson in the paint. Williams answers with a basket for Florida State. The Seminoles lead 69-60.
4:59 second half, Enoch scores in the low post and is fouled. He misses the free throw, Louisville trails by seven points.
4:42 second half, Gray is fouled by Enoch on a drive. Gray makes both free throws, Florida State leads 71-62.
4:19 second half, Johnson makes a jumper, he has been able to create around the lane, Louisville's lone scoring threat at this point.
3:12 second half, Gray is charged with an offensive foul. Florida State leads Louisville 73-64.
3:00 second half, Johnson doesn't get the ball across half court in time. Louisville turns the ball over with a 10-second violation.
2:49 second half, Walker is fouled by McMahon. He makes one free throw. Florida State has worked the ball toward McMahon in the second half.
2:06 second half, Johnson makes a shot and is fouled. He makes a free throw, bringing Louisville within 75-67.
1:58 second half, Forrest throws down a dunk in transition and is fouled. Florida State leads Louisville 78-67 after the free throw.
0:53 second half, Forrest makes a jumper, Florida State leads Louisville 82-67.