Pitt drops 13th straight game

PITTSBURGH — It’s not uncommon for Louisville’s Anas Mahmoud to physically dominant his opponent. The 7-foot center has a size advantage over most players he faces.

He dominated the game on Sunday against Pittsburgh, scoring 14 points to lead the Cardinals to a 94-60 win.

Mahmoud scored eight of his points in the first half, when he shot 4 of 6 from the floor and the Cardinals opened up a 26-point lead over the hapless Panthers, which fell to 0-13 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Mahmoud also had five rebounds and three blocks while holding Pitt starting center Terrell Brown to a 0 for 7 from the floor.

“Ray (Spalding) and Anas are playing with a different sense of confidence on the low block,” Louisville coach David Padgett said.

Without Louisville’s leading scorer Deng Adel in the lineup for the second straight game, there was a natural tendency for the Cardinals to want to do more than they were capable of. Mahmoud said that was at the front of their minds entering the game.

“We talked about that right after we found out he wasn’t going to be playing,” Mahmoud said. “We all talked about how we can’t be somebody we’re not. We don’t expect anybody to be DA when he’s not here. What we’ve got to do is split the roles and have everybody try to pick up what they can do.”

Pitt (8-18) was led by freshman Shamiel Stevenson with 15 points. Parker Stewart added 12.

LOUISVILLE (18-8): King 5-8 4-6 14, Mahmoud 6-9 2-2 14, Spalding 3-5 2-4 8, Snider 4-8 0-0 11, Perry 2-2 2-2 7, Thomas 2-3 2-2 6, Nwora 5-6 2-3 13, Sutton 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 5-7 0-0 14, Griffin 0-0 0-0 0, McMahon 1-5 2-2 5, Redding 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-54 16-21 94.

PITTSBURGH (8-18): Chukwuka 1-4 2-2 4, Brown 0-7 1-2 1, Davis 0-4 0-0 0, Stewart 4-8 1-1 12, Carr 4-10 0-0 9, George 0-0 0-0 0, Ilegomah 1-2 0-0 2, Boykins 1-4 1-1 3, Milligan 1-1 0-0 3, Wilson-Frame 3-10 4-4 11, Stevenson 5-8 4-9 15. Totals 20-58 13-19 60.

Halftime–Louisville 46-20. 3-Point Goals–Louisville 10-19 (Williams 4-5, Snider 3-5, Perry 1-1, Nwora 1-2, McMahon 1-4, King 0-1, Thomas 0-1), Pittsburgh 7-30 (Stewart 3-6, Milligan 1-1, Stevenson 1-2, Carr 1-3, Wilson-Frame 1-6, Brown 0-2, Boykins 0-3, Chukwuka 0-3, Davis 0-4). Fouled Out–Thomas. Rebounds–Louisville 33 (Nwora, Spalding, Sutton 6), Pittsburgh 26 (Brown 6). Assists–Louisville 23 (Perry 7), Pittsburgh 11 (Wilson-Frame, Carr 3). Total Fouls–Louisville 19, Pittsburgh 14. A–4,772 (12,508).

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