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Lee scores 18 as No. 19 Louisville tops Kennesaw State 94-57

Donovan Mitchell, Quentin Snider, Kendrick Ray

Donovan Mitchell, Quentin Snider, Kendrick Ray


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Damion Lee scored 18 points as No. 19 Louisville used another strong shooting performance to beat Kennesaw State 94-57 on Wednesday night.

Louisville (8-1) shot 59 percent (40 of 68). The Cardinals’ 40 field goals were their most since Dec. 22, 2010, against Western Kentucky.

The Cardinals have now shot above 50 percent in eight of their nine games, matching their total for all of last season.

Chinanu Onuaka was 8 of 10 from the floor, scoring 16 points. Donovan Mitchell had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals.

Yonel Brown led the Kennesaw State (3-9) with 19 points and Kendrick Ray added 13. The Owls shot 39 percent.

It was another blowout for the Cardinals against an outmatched opponent. Louisville made 7 of 15 3s in the first half, matching the number of Kennesaw State field goals, and led 41-19 at the break without shooting a free throw.

Kennesaw State started the game 1 of 15, missing 13 straight while scoreless for more than eight minutes, as Louisville jetted out to a 17-3 lead. The Owls traded baskets for the next few minutes before a 10-0 Louisville run made it 36-14 with 2:23 left before halftime.

The Cardinals shot 66 percent in the second half (23 of 35). Their 14-2 run, highlighted by Mitchell’s steal and one-handed slam, stretched the lead to 70-35 with 9:03 to play. Mitchell’s even more impressive dunk off an alley-oop gave Louisville an 81-43 advantage with 6:06 remaining.

The Cardinals entered the game outscoring opponents by 30.6 points a game, best in the country. Louisville used a significant height advantage to outrebound Kennesaw State 47-22.


Kennesaw State: The 6-foot-1 Ray had the night’s top play with his tomahawk dunk over a 6-10 Onuaku. ... Preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection Yonel Brown entered as the nation’s leader in minutes played, averaging 38:54 a game. ... The Owls had nine days off prior to playing Louisville due to final exams.

Louisville: Lee made four of Louisville’s 10 3-pointers. ... Forward Anas Mahmoud sat out with a sprained ankle.


Kennesaw State visits Chattanooga on Friday.

Louisville hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday.