The No. 4-ranked Louisville Cardinals basketball team welcomed the Indiana State Sycamores to the Yum! Center on Wednesday night. The ISU men’s basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season after losing a non-conference game on a national stage, 91-62.
Offensively, Louisville came out hot. In the beginning of the first half the Cardinals knocked down six straight three-pointers. The Cardinals were led by the junior forward out of Buffalo, New York Jordan Nwora. The six-foot-seven Cardinal led his team in scoring with 21 points on the night. Nwora made all of his attempts from the three-point line and rebounded the basketball five times.
“I mean you give Nwora a lot of attention obviously because he is really talented and can score so many ways,” said ISU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Greg Lansing.
Redshirt senior Dwayne Sutton and junior Darius Perry put in work in the paint for Louisville as they both led the team with ten rebounds each.
Offensively for Indiana State Preseason All-Conference guard Tyreke Key had an outstanding game as he led the team in scoring with 20 points for the consecutive match-up of the year. Key went 4-for-7 at the three-point line and only turned over the ball once.
ISU senior guard Christian Williams made the first play of the game with a steal that led to a fast break dunk. Williams ended the game with 9 points, the second most points for Indiana State. He shot 100 percent from the free throw line as well as the three-point line.
The Sycamores struggled in the paint due to their size. However, defense has been the biggest struggle for the Indiana State men’s basketball team this far into the season.
“We’ve got to get a lot better. We’ve got to quit talking about ‘we need to be better defensively,” said Coach Lansing. “It’s a mindset like Sutton has. That dude comes out and he may not be able to make a bunch of threes or be great off the drive and be flashy but that is a work horse that is all about defending and rebounding and we’ve got to get some guys with that kind of mindset.”
With this win the Louisville Cardinals move to 3-0 on the season. Their next game will be against North Carolina Central in Louisville. As for Indiana State they look to face Ball State on Sunday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game against Ball State starts at 4:30 p.m.