LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pitt got 14 points from senior wing Jared Wilson-Frame and went into the break with a lead, but No. 23 Louisville dominated the second half and raced to a 66-51 victory Saturday afternoon at KFC Yum! Center.
The Cardinals went on an 18-5 run from the 15-minute mark to the 5-minute mark of the second half to open up a 12-point lead, and another 7-0 run late in the second half to add on to the lead.
After mostly holding Jordan Nwora in check in the Panthers’ win in Pittsburgh earlier this season, the dangerous Cardinals wing broke out, scoring a game-high 17 points on 6 of 15 shooting.
Wilson-Frame’s 14 came mostly from long range. He was 4 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc after returning to the starting lineup after two games on the bench.
Pitt was able to get to the paint and screw with regularity in the fist half, out-pointing the Cardinals in the paint, 16-10. In the second half, Louisville tightened up its post defense, and Pitt’s Terrell Brown got into foul trouble, giving Louisville an edge inside on offense, as well. The Cardinals out-scored Pitt in the paint, 18-10 in the second half.
Pitt’s freshman were not able to provide the level of offense they’re accustomed to this season as a result. Xavier Johnson finished with nine points, his second straight game falling short of double figures. Trey McGowens had seven and Au’Diese Toney had just two.
Khameron Davis led Pitt with eight rebounds as Brown played just 18 minutes.
Pitt’s two-game road swing will continue Tuesday night with a 9 p.m. tipoff at Clemson.