Samardo Samuels Shines in Louisville Exhibition
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Samardo Samuels and Jared Swopshire combined for 36 points to lead the University of Louisville to a 74-67 win over Georgetown College on Saturday at Freedom Hall in front of 17,521.
Samuels led all scorers with 20 points on 14-of-21 shooting from the line, while Swopshire recorded a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Andre McGee and Earl Clark added 10 and seven points, respectively, to go along with five boards apiece.
"This was an excellent exhibition for us, it told us exactly where we are and what we need to work on," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. "Georgetown deserves a great deal of credit."
McGee buried a shot from half court as time expired in the first half to give the Cardinals a 35-30 lead heading into the break. The Tigers used a 24-15 rebounding advantage in the half to stay within reach.
"We just kept giving them second shots," said Pitino. "Then we were out of position because we were giving second shots."
Georgetown would battle back to make things interesting in a game that featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes, before a pair of free-throws from Swopshire, who finished eight-of-eight at the line, would cap a 9-0 run by the Cards that put them up 59-51 with 7:29 left in the game. U of L went up 11 points, their largest lead of the game, on a three-pointer from Preston Knowles with just under five minutes to go. The Tigers would chip away at the lead and eventually trimmed it to two, 69-67, on a David Graham free-throw with 41 seconds remaining, however; Louisville would convert key free throws down the stretch to clinch the game. Vincent Crutcher paced Georgetown with 18 points, while Graham and Cheyenne Moore added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Demetrius Guions grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds as The Tigers starting backcourt had 18 in the game.
"Tonight we did some better things, but what we didn't do is get them to shoot a low percentage, stop them and give them a second shot," said Pitino. "Their starting back court had 18 rebounds in the game and our back court didn't."
The game saw 61 total fouls called in which Georgetown committed 36 to Louisville's 25. U of L shot better from the field, 39.1-34.5 percent and three-point range, 35.7-20.8 percent, while forcing five more turnovers, 23-18. Both teams finished with 22 points in the paint.
"You have to give Georgetown a world of credit," said Pitino. "They're more advanced but we have much more talent then they do. They are much more advanced then us from an execution stand point because we've have to spend so much time developing these freshman because they have to play a lot."
The Cards conclude their exhibition schedule on Nov. 8 with a game against Northern Kentucky.
Louisville tips off the regular season campaign at home on Saturday, Nov. 22 against Morehead State in the first of two games of the Billy Minardi Classic. The game time will be announced at a later date pending the kick off time for U of L's home football game against West Virginia.
NOTE: X-rays taken at Jewish Hospital on the right leg and ankle of freshman Kyle Kuric were negative. Kuric has a mild high ankle sprain and a bruised right leg. He took a hard fall after being fouled on a dunk with 8:17 remaining in the second half. His status for a return to action will be evaluated day-to-day.