LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville has been seeking its first signature win since David Padgett took over as interim coach just before the season started.
On Wednesday night, the Cardinals signed off on a big one – storming back from a 17-point first-half deficit to knock off No. 23-ranked Florida State 73-69 in Tallahassee, where the Seminoles had won 28 straight games, the nation’s third-longest active home-court winning streak.
Louisville got 15 points from Ray Spalding and 16 from Deng Adel, and got huge three-pointers from freshman Malik Williams and sophomore Ryan McMahon late to take their first lead of the game with less than three minutes to play.
With 2:34 left, the Cardinals led 68-63, and had outscored FSU 36-18 in the second half. The resumption of play was delayed as officials repaired a net on one of the goals.
The delay took more than 10 minutes. The long break helped FSU gather itself. Braian Angola, how had struggled in the second half, made a pair of NBA-range three-pointers.
But McMahon answered the first one with a three-pointer of his own, and Anas Mahmoud blocked two shots on FSU’s four-shot last possession, keeping the Seminoles empty. Mahmoud was officially credited with three blocks in the final 1:21, though it appeared he might’ve had four.
McMahon buried a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds left, and Louisville walked away with its first-ever road win against a nationally-ranked ACC opponent.
“We needed this one, desperately,” Padgett told ESPN after the game. “We had been so close.”
The Cards return to Lousiville to play host to Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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