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Louisville holds off Virginia Tech in wild one to post 1,800th victory in program’s 103 seasons

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points to lead No. 8 Louisville to a wild 94-90 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, marking the 1,800th all-time victory for the Cardinals’ men’s basketball program.

Louisville is 10th in the nation in all-time victories with a 1,800-897 record in 103 seasons. Louisville has produced winning seasons in 69 of the last 72 years, including winning 20 or more games in the last 15 straight seasons and 30 or more in three of the last five years. The Cards are one of just three teams to win at least 30 games in three of the last five seasons (30-10 in 2011-12, 35-5 in ’12-13, 31-6 in ’13-14).

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points to lead No. 8 Louisville to a wild 94-90 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday (UofL Athletics Photo)

Ty Outlaw hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left to cut Louisville’s lead to 91-88, but the Hokies’ Zach LeDay committed an intentional foul on Louisville as the Cardinals (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) tried to inbound the ball. Jaylen Johnson made one of the two free throws, then Mitchell made two more with 5.6 seconds left to seal the offensive slugfest.

On a day when both teams put on a shooting clinic, a sophomore guard stood out. Mitchell connected on his first six shots, including three 3-pointers en route to going 8 for 13 from the field and 5 of 7 from the beyond the arc.

Virginia Tech (18-8, 7-7) managed to shoot 59.2 percent from the field, including 65.4 percent (17 of 26) from beyond the 3-point arc. However, the Cardinals shot 51.5 percent themselves, including making 12 of 22 from beyond the arc.

Seth Allen led the Hokies with 25 points and Outlaw had 19.

Quentin Snider finished with 19 points and Johnson added 16 for Louisville.

By playing the Cardinals close on the road, the Hokies did little damage to their NCAA Tournament resume, but beating tough teams away from Cassell Coliseum remains a challenge for the Hokies. The last win against a ranked team on the road came against Clemson on Feb. 25, 2009.

It wasn’t a pretty effort for the Cardinals, at least not defensively. However, Louisville gutted through another contest with a team many expect to go dancing next month and avoided a potential trap before playing North Carolina next week.

Louisville travels to North Carolina for Wednesday night in the teams’ only regular season matchup.

From UofL Athletics

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