Louisville Cardinals 86, EMU 53
I told you earlier that I wouldn’t be surprised if the final margin were 30 or more, although I am disappointed by this performance.
The good news is the rebounding. If you just look at a box score, you’d see that Louisville grabbed three more rebounds than EMU today — and given EMU’s past rebounding woes, I’d have been satisfied with that. But on a percentage basis, EMU actually slightly out-rebounded the Cardinals. (The difference is that EMU had so many more missed shots.)
The bad news was shooting…and it was really bad. Louisville’s effective field goal percentage was over 60%, compared to just 31% for EMU. That difference translated into 1.178 points per possession for the Cardinals and just 0.726 points per possession for the Eagles. Having a particularly bad shooting day were Willie Mangum (1-11, including 0-5 from three-point range), Jodan Price (1-7, including 1-6 on three-point attempts), Tim Bond (0-5), and Ethan Alvano (0-4). The only good performances today came from Raven Lee, who came off the bench for 19 points in 25 minutes on 5-10 shooting, and James Thompson, who recorded his sixth straight double-double (MAC Freshman of the Year, anyone?) with 12 points (shooting 6-8) and 13 rebounds. Thompson might well have done even more, but foul trouble limited him to just 22 minutes.
Meanwhile Louisville had five players score in double-digits, including 16 by Damion Lee and 11 by Ray Spalding (on 4-4 shooting).
It’s finals week at EMU this week, so the Eagles will have a nine-day break to think this one over, before they return to action on Monday, December 21, at Coppin State.