Jordan Nwora scored 21 points and Steven Enoch outrebounded Indiana State in the first half Wednesday night as No. 4 Louisville eased to a 91-62 nonconference win at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
Samuell Williamson added 15 points, while Dwayne Sutton chipped in a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Lamarr Kimble contributed 13 points. Louisville canned 58.5 percent of its shots from the field and dominated the glass 42-21, more than making up for 15 turnovers that led to 18 Sycamores points.
Tyreke Key scored 20 points for Indiana State (0-2), but the Sycamores couldn't find enough offense to hang with the Cardinals. Indiana State connected on just 33.9 percent of its field-goal tries and managed only 12 points in the paint.
The Sycamores led just twice for barely a minute early in the first half, but Louisville ran off and hid with a 10-0 run that Sutton finished with a 3-pointer for a 15-8 advantage at the 15:11 mark. After a 3-ball by Christian Williams interrupted the Cardinals' spurt, Louisville rattled off a 12-2 run for a 27-13 lead with 11:33 left after Kimble turned an Indiana State turnover into a layup.
The margin stayed in double figures for the game's remainder, cresting at 22 in the first half when Sutton drilled a 3-pointer with 2:15 left. Louisville took a 47-26 advantage to the locker room, while Enoch owned a 7-6 edge in rebounding over the Sycamores.
Indiana State made one good run to open the second half, closing within 51-40 with 16:09 remaining as Key sank a 3-ball from the left wing. But the Cardinals went on a 14-3 burst in the next 4 1/2 minutes, establishing a 65-43 margin at the 11:09 mark on a Sutton layup, and coasted to the finish line.
Louisville drilled 9 of 17 3-point attempts and collected 16 assists off 31 made field goals. The Cardinals also allowed only eight offensive boards, three days after ceding 19 to Youngstown State in a 78-55 win.
--Field Level Media