Pitt fades down stretch in loss at No. 23 Louisville |

Pitt fades down stretch in loss at No. 23 Louisville

The Associated Press
Louisville guard Khwan Fore (4) goes in for shot past the defense of Pitt guard Khameron Davis, right, during the second half in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Louisville won, 66-51.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jordan Nwora scored 17 points to help No. 23 Louisville rally past Pitt, 66-51, on Saturday and avenge its only conference loss this season.

The Cardinals (15-5, 6-1 ACC) shot just 39 percent, but their strong defense shut down the Panthers (12-8, 2-5) for 6:04 of the second half. Pitt led 41-40 after a Trey McGowens three-point play with 15:37 remaining in the game. Louisville scored just eight points during the Panthers’ drought, but it was enough to take the lead for good.

After being held to three points and playing only 11 minutes after getting two fouls in the first half, Nwora took off in the second. The forward’s 3-pointer from the left corner as the shot clock expired gave the Cardinals a 65-47 lead, Louisville’s largest, with 3:21 left.

Steven Enoch came off the bench to add 12 points and tied a season high with 11 rebounds.

Despite being held scoreless for a nearly six-minute stretch in the first half as well, the Panthers led 33-29 at halftime because of tough defense. They held the Cardinals to 37 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes and forced 11 turnovers in the half.

Jared Wilson-Frame led Pitt with 14 points.