Louisville men’s basketball used a second half run to defeat Bellarmine 75-65 at the KFC Yum! Center Oct. 29 in the Cardinals’ only exhibition before its season opener next week against Miami.
Jordan Nwora scored a game-high 28 points while Dwayne Sutton finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Bellarmine had its last lead, 47-46, with 13:01 left, before Louisville took the lead for good with 12:04 left in the second half. The Cardinals struggled to extend their lead and held just a two-point advantage with three minutes left.
Louisville ended the game on a 9-0 run.
Bellarmine shot 44.7 percent from the field and finished with 12 assists despite being outrebounded by Louisville 40-26.
“It was a hard game and we wouldn’t have expected anything different,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said. “Coming into this one, I don’t know if our young guys realize, but our coaching staff and our older players certainly realize we were going to play a unique team, a team that moves the ball extremely well.”
Steven Enoch was held out of the game for precautionary measures. The center averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds last season.
“He is fine, I shouldn’t say fine, but he will be fine for the Miami game, which is why we took the precaution of sitting him this game,” Mack said. “he got knocked in the thigh a couple times, once against Ohio State and a couple times in practice. His thigh sort of swelled up a little bit.”
Dwayne Sutton went 7 of 12 from the field for 18 points. He had 13 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. Sutton added two assists and a steal.
“I am the self-appointed president of the Dwayne Sutton fan club,” Bellarmine head coach Scotty Davenport said. “And I’m not apologizing. I recruited the heck out of him. His father is a fellow Iroquois alum like me. I thought we really had a chance between his sophomore and junior year at Manual. It didn’t make a difference who they played, he got 20 and 10.”
Samuell Williamson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. He went 6 of 13 from the field.
“Sam made great plays for us,” Mack said. “He came up with some key rebounds on both ends of the floor, five offensive. He made a nice curl-cut in the lane. I thought he found his confidence a little bit, played much better defensively in the second half than he did in the first.”
Lamarr Kimble, a graduate transfer from St. Joseph’s, played 18 minutes, but finished just 1 of 3 from the field. He had three assists.
“He’s got to play better, I thought he did some good things,” Mack said. “He’s just got to get his feet under him. Christen Cunningham wasn’t really good early on. I have a lot faith in a fifth-year senior, a guy that will figure it out.”