Deng Adel: Louisville can shake off sluggish begin | 1:35
Louisville wanted about 36 minutes to place away George Mason in its season opener.
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Anas Mahmoud talks Louisville win in season opener | 1:57
Louisville might have had some first-game jitters in opposition to George Mason, Anas Mahmoud says.
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Malik Williams speaks after his first recreation | 1:13
Louisville freshman Malik Williams made two large free throws for the Cards on Sunday.
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Darius Perry was ‘hype’ after large Three | 1:14
Louisville freshman Darius Perry rescued the Cards with 17 factors off the bench.
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Jordan Nwora recaps his three Three-pointers | 2:35
Louisville freshman Jordan Nwora mentioned he was pleased to see coach David Padgett draw up a play for him down the stretch.
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Louisville’s Anas Mahmoud blocks a shot by George Mason’s Jaire Graver throughout first half motion. Nov. 12, 2017.(Photo: By Pat McDonogh / CJ)Buy Photo
Anas Mahmoud shot Deng Adel a fast look on Sunday as David Padgett talked via his pregame factors within the Cardinals’ locker room.
Adel and Mahmoud detected the identical factor. Padgett, Louisville’s interim head coach six weeks into his new gig, was speaking quicker than regular, and they each seen the 32-year-old coach tapping the whiteboard lots. It is perhaps one thing Padgett has carried out up to now, Adel mentioned, however it was positively the primary time he noticed his new coach doing it a lot.
In Sunday’s shaky season-opening 72-61 win over George Mason, the first-game jitters appeared to be contagious. Louisville spent the primary 10 minutes of the sport in search of a magical 20-point basket, a silver bullet that may sink the pesky Patriots and switch the marketing campaign’s debut right into a glorified observe.
Instead, what Louisville acquired was a “war,” Mahmoud mentioned. As they reviewed the victory, each Padgett and Louisville’s gamers took satisfaction of their protection and their persistence, which finally helped them flip a one-point lead with 6:15 left right into a double-digit cushion.
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“That’s how we want to approach every game: Kill from the start,” Adel mentioned. “But once that doesn’t happen, we’ve got to learn to just grind it out.”
Teams, particularly faculty groups, usually tackle the persona of their coaches. In Louisville’s case, the gamers tried to channel Padgett’s standard calmness and ignored their chief’s pregame nerves.
In timeouts, Padgett mentioned he discovered himself repeating that the whole lot could be OK, that photographs would begin to fall, that protection may carry the Cards to a win. Adel and sophomore wing V.J. King believed they performed with that very same perception.
Still, George Mason (1-1) would not fade. The Patriots led by three at halftime, capitalizing on a Ray Spalding turnover with six seconds left and getting a Three-pointer on the buzzer from Jaire Grayer, who scored a team-high 20 factors.
Dave Paulsen’s group led by six factors on six separate events. And Louisville saved clanking Three-pointers – freshmen Jordan Nwora and Darius Perry have been a mixed 6 of 6 from Three-point vary; everybody else was 2 of 14.
George Mason had three possessions with the prospect to take the lead between the 6:15 and four:35 marks.
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“We are going to hit a couple,” Padgett mentioned he advised his gamers. “We are going to be fine. Just keep getting stops. Keep getting stops.”
Louisville closed robust, outscoring George Mason 18-Eight over the ultimate six minutes to keep away from an upset in Padgett’s debut.
Freshmen Darius Perry (17 factors) and Jordan Nwora (10 factors) gave large boosts off the bench, and Adel scored 12 of his team-high 20 factors within the second half.
Padgett known as Louisville’s first recreation of the season a “relief.” Mahmoud labeled it “rusty.”
“I think we were anxious,” Padgett mentioned. “Some of us have a little bit of nerves. But now we can just get in the routine of games moving forward.”
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Where does Louisville go from right here? Nebraska-Omaha involves city subsequent for a Friday matchup with the Cards on the Yum Center. The Mavericks misplaced by 19 to Oklahoma on Sunday, however they scored 89 factors in a recreation with a blistering tempo.
That is extra Louisville’s pace. That is extra more likely to be the track-meet blowout the Cards hoped for on Sunday.
And it is also an opportunity for Louisville to shake the rust.
Now, Adel defined, it is on Louisville’s veterans to snap their teammates out of the malaise.
“We hold ourselves accountable for every game,” Adel mentioned. “We know we can’t play the way we did.”