By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers defeated the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers won 64-52 over the Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky in front of 22,090 fans in attendance.
The Cavaliers improved to 24-2 on the season. They are now 12-2 in conference play.
Virginia has won four straight games.
The Cardinals fell to 18-10 on the season. They are 9-6 in conference play.
Louisville has lost four of its last five games. Their lone win in this streak came in a 56-55 win over the Clemson Tigers.
De’Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 26 points. He also had four rebounds, two steals, and a block.
The 26 points were a season-high for Hunter. His previous high was 23 points against the Dayton Flyers on Nov. 22 in a 66-59 win.
Hunter was one of three Virginia players, who scored in double-figures. Mamadi Diakite had 14, while Jay Huff added 12.
The Cavaliers had 26 bench points. Diakite led the bench with his 14 points. He also had five rebounds and three blocks.
Jordan Nwora led the Cardinals with 17 points. He also had four rebounds.
After back-to-back 11-point performances in the team’s last two games, the 17 points were the most in a game for Nwora since he had 23 points against then No. 2 Duke Blue Devils in a 71-69 loss. He had a season-high 25 points in a 79-51 win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Jan. 19.
Nwora was one of two Louisville players, who scored in double-digits. Ryan McMahon contributed 12 points.
The Cardinals had 15 bench points. McMahon led the bench with his 12 points. He also had one block.