Snider scores big, Louisville hangs on late to beat N.C. State
Louisville lost a late 16-point lead, but hung on for a 77-72 victory at North Carolina State.
RALEIGH, N.C. (WDRB) — Before last year’s NCAA Tournament game against Louisville, the Wolfpack’s high-scoring guard Tweeted that University of Louisville freshman guard Snider was in trouble.
He wasn’t then. And he wasn’t Thursday night in PNC Arena. The sophomore’s hot shooting and calm leadership helped the Cardinals weather some substantial foul trouble to beat N.C. State 77-72 for their second straight ACC win, and first on the road. (Click stats below to enlarge.)
But it wasn’t easy. Louisville led by 16 with 3:38 to play and still had to hold on for dear life in the closing seconds.
Snider finished with 21 points and made 4 of 6 three-point shots on a night when the Cardinals would have to use hot shooting to overcome some other issues.
Louisville grabbed a 14-point first half lead, but saw it evaporate to five as starters Trey Lewis, Damion Lee and Donovan Mitchell went to the bench with two fouls. Despite holding N.C. State to 1-for-15 shooting in one first-half stretch, the Cards were fortunate to lead by just five at the half.
Within the first two minutes of the second half, three Louisville players had picked up their third foul, and at the under-12 media timeout, that number had grown to five.
But it wasn’t over. The Wolfpack scored nine straight points to pull within 71-64 with 1:34 to play.
When N.C. State didn’t abandon its zone in the final four minutes, Louisville simply held the ball to run the shot clock down, but didn’t execute on its last-second shots.
N.C. State trailed only 73-69 with 20.9 seconds left. Jaylen Johnson then hit two free throws. But Barber drove down the court quickly and hit a layup over Trey Lewis, who fouled him. Barber hit the free throw to make it 75-72. Then Damion Lee, Louisville's best free throw shooter, missed two free throws. A Barber drive to the basket was deflected out of bounds with 7.5 seconds left.
During a Louisville timeout, officials reviewed the play, and gave Louisville the ball. Two Damion Lee free throws later, the Cardinals had the victory.
Louisville shot 50.9 percent from the field, and made 7 of 13 three-pointers. Onuaku had 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Cards also got 12 from Ray Spalding and 13 from Lee.
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