The West Virginia Mountaineers held a 44-37 lead over the Louisville Cardinals coming out of the half, but Louisville managed to overtake West Virginia in the second half. The Mountaineers made a late rally. but it wasn't enough, as Louisville was able to ward off the late surge and hold on to win 77-74. Kyle Kuric led the Cardinals in scoring with 17 points, while Russ Smith picked up 16 points off the bench.
In the loss for West Virginia, Kevin Jones did all he could for the comeback putting down 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the double-double. Deniz Kilicli added 17 points and five rebounds, while Darryl Bryant added another 13 points.
The Mountaineers have now lost five of their last six games, and they'll likely need a strong regular-season finish or a deep Big East Tournament run to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
The slumping West Virginia Mountaineers welcomed in the Louisville Cardinals to the WVU Coliseum in the hopes to end their losing skid and are on their way with a 44-37 lead at halftime. The 'Eers hold a significant 23-13 rebounding advantage in the first half and if they can keep that up, it should go a long way in winning the game. Deniz Kilicli currently leads West Virginia in scoring, picking up 15 points and 3 rebounds in the first half.
For the Cardinals, three players share the team lead in scoring picking up eight points. Chris Smith, Peyton Siva, and Wayne Blackshear off the bench all put down eight points with Smith and Blackshear combining to go four of six from three-point land.