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No. 6 Louisville rallies, then survives Georgia Tech 68-64

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Malik Williams' latest stretch-run heroics for Louisville demanded athleticism, timing - and some resilience.

Williams had 13 points off the bench and grabbed two late rebounds leading to three free throws in the final 23 seconds, helping the No. 6 Cardinals hold off Georgia Tech 68-64 on Wednesday night.

Steven Enoch also had 13 points while Jordan Nwora and David Johnson each scored 10 for Louisville (16-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fifth in a row. The Cardinals held Tech (8-11, 3-6) to 33% shooting in the second half after the Yellow Jackets made 62% before halftime.

Most important, Louisville made just enough free throws after a shaky first half. Especially the 6-foot-11 Williams, who overcome a 1-of-4 first half at the line to make six of his final eight.

''Next-play mentality,'' said Williams, who finished with six rebounds and three blocks. ''The first time (to) extend from a one-point game to a three-point game. Didn't get the chance to make it a three-point game, but came down and got the stop and I knew that I had to make the next two.''

Louisville needed that same mindset offensively to overcome Tech.

The Cardinals trailed 43-32 early in the second half before outscoring the Yellow Jackets 22-9 over 10 1/2 minutes to lead 54-52 on Lamarr Kimble's layup with 7:33 remaining. Louisville pushed ahead 65-54 before Georgia Tech scored 10 consecutive points to get within one with 1:20 left on James Banks III's dunk.

Williams then blocked Moses Wright's shot, got the rebound and drew the foul before making one of two free throws with 23.2 seconds left. Williams got another defensive rebound on Michael Devoe's missed 3, went to the line with 7.4 seconds left and made both for a four-point edge. Jose Alvarado's 3-point attempt with 4 seconds left bounced off the rim to Kimble.

''Our defensive energy was completely different in the second half,'' Louisville coach Chris Mack said. ''You're going to ask me why and I'm going to say I have no idea. ... I'd like to think that our kids care about winning, and we have a lot of pride. But it shouldn't take a deficit to figure it out.''

In any event, Williams was there and came up big late for the second consecutive game. He sealed the Cardinals' victory at Duke by making two free throws with 16 seconds left before stealing the ball at midcourt and finishing with a dunk.

''Malik made a couple of big ones at Cameron (Indoor Stadium) and made some big ones tonight,'' Mack said. ''I'm really happy for him, and a guy like that deserves it.''

Michael Devoe had 21 points and Alvarado scored 13 for the Yellow Jackets, who lost their third straight and fourth of five.

BENCH MARK

While Tech stayed competitive using just seven players, Louisville went 10 deep with Williams and Johnson leading the way. The Cardinals' bench outscored Georgia Tech's reserves 32-0.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The mercurial Yellow Jackets lost their previous two games by just nine points and have lost their last four ACC matchups by 22 total points. They battled back after a cold second-half stretch but came up just short to fall to 3-2 in conference road games.

''All you can ask for is a shot to win the game late. We had two opportunities and neither fell,'' coach Josh Pastner said. ''I wanted Michael Devoe to go for the win there at the end. He's shot that 50,000 times on his own practicing. It looked good whenever it released his hands. It just rimmed out.''

Louisville: Having cleared a big hurdle last weekend with a three-game road sweep, the Cardinals sought to maintain momentum and chemistry at home. Breaking through against the Yellow Jackets took time and effort, especially considering their poor free-throw shooting (14 of 23, 60.9%).

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech hosts North Carolina State on Saturday, seeking a season sweep. The Yellow Jackets earned an 82-81 overtime win in their conference opener on Nov. 5.

Louisville hosts Clemson on Saturday in the first of two meetings with the Tigers. The Cardinals visit Clemson on Feb. 15.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Louisville  
19:36 +3 Darius Perry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lamarr Kimble 0-3
19:06 +3 Jose Alvarado made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Usher 3-3
18:46 +3 Jordan Nwora made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lamarr Kimble 3-6
18:22   Lost ball turnover on Michael Devoe, stolen by Dwayne Sutton  
18:15   Jordan Nwora missed jump shot  
18:13   Defensive rebound by Jordan Usher  
18:04 +3 Jose Alvarado made 3-pt. jump shot 6-6
17:48 +2 Jordan Nwora made dunk, assist by Lamarr Kimble 6-8
17:29   Jordan Usher missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:27   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
17:14   Steven Enoch missed hook shot  
17:12   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
16:45 +2 Moses Wright made hook shot 8-8
16:27   Darius Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:25   Offensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
16:23 +3 Lamarr Kimble made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dwayne Sutton 8-11
16:00 +2 Michael Devoe made driving layup 10-11
15:42   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:40   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
15:25   Jordan Usher missed jump shot  
15:23   Offensive rebound by Jordan Usher  
15:22 +2 Jordan Usher made dunk 12-11
15:00   Steven Enoch missed layup, blocked by James Banks III  
14:58   Defensive rebound by Moses Wright  
14:40   Traveling violation turnover on Moses Wright  
14:31   Personal foul on Michael Devoe  
14:14   Jordan Nwora missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:12   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
14:03 +2 Michael Devoe made jump shot 14-11
13:45   Darius Perry missed driving layup  
13:43   Offensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
13:36   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
13:36   Malik Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:36 +1 Malik Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-12
13:15   Bad pass turnover on Jose Alvarado  
13:09   David Johnson missed layup, blocked by Moses Wright  
13:07   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
13:04 +2 Jordan Usher made dunk, assist by Jose Alvarado 16-12
12:46   Offensive foul on Jordan Nwora  
12:46   Turnover on Jordan Nwora  
12:35   Moses Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:33   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
12:25 +2 David Johnson made layup, assist by Dwayne Sutton 16-14
12:05 +2 Jose Alvarado made driving layup 18-14
11:48   Traveling violation turnover on Malik Williams  
11:29   Shooting foul on Dwayne Sutton  
11:29   Michael Devoe missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:29 +1 Michael Devoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-14
11:13 +2 Malik Williams made layup, assist by David Johnson 19-16
11:11   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
11:11   Malik Williams missed free throw  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Jordan Usher  
10:49   Evan Cole missed layup, blocked by Malik Williams  
10:47   Offensive rebound by James Banks III  
10:41 +2 James Banks III made dunk 21-16
10:30   Offensive foul on David Johnson  
10:30   Turnover on David Johnson  
10:15   Lost ball turnover on Jose Alvarado  
9:59   Offensive foul on David Johnson  
9:59   Turnover on David Johnson  
9:41   Traveling violation turnover on Jordan Usher  
9:21   Lost ball turnover on Ryan McMahon  
9:04   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
8:55   Ryan McMahon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
8:41 +2 Moses Wright made layup, assist by Michael Devoe 23-16
8:22   Shooting foul on Moses Wright  
8:22 +1 Steven Enoch made 1st of 2 free throws 23-17
8:22 +1 Steven Enoch made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-18
8:00   Lost ball turnover on Evan Cole, stolen by Samuell Williamson  
8:00   Personal foul on Evan Cole  
7:48 +2 Steven Enoch made layup, assist by Samuell Williamson 23-20
7:25   Jumpball received by Georgia Tech  
7:20   Shooting foul on Dwayne Sutton  
7:20 +1 Michael Devoe made 1st of 2 free throws 24-20
7:20 +1 Michael Devoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-20
6:53 +2 Samuell Williamson made jump shot 25-22
6:20   Jordan Usher missed jump shot  
6:18   Offensive rebound by James Banks III  
6:16   Personal foul on Steven Enoch  
6:16 +1 James Banks III made 1st of 2 free throws 26-22
6:16 +1 James Banks III made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-22
6:06 +3 Jordan Nwora made 3-pt. jump shot 27-25
5:44   Traveling violation turnover on Jordan Usher  
5:31   Bad pass turnover on Lamarr Kimble, stolen by Jordan Usher  
5:26 +2 Michael Devoe made layup, assist by Jordan Usher 29-25
5:07   Personal foul on Jordan Usher  
5:00   Out of bounds turnover on Samuell Williamson  
4:46   Personal foul on Samuell Williamson  
4:46 +1 Moses Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 30-25
4:46   Moses Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
4:29   Malik Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:27   Offensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
4:21   Malik Williams missed hook shot  
4:19   Offensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
4:20   Shooting foul on Jordan Usher  
4:20   Jordan Nwora missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:20 +1 Jordan Nwora made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-26
3:58   Michael Devoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:56   Offensive rebound by James Banks III  
3:52   Bad pass turnover on James Banks III, stolen by David Johnson  
3:50   Jumpball received by Louisville  
3:50   Jordan Nwora missed turnaround jump shot  
3:48   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
3:30   Bad pass turnover on Moses Wright, stolen by David Johnson  
3:25 +2 David Johnson made driving layup 30-28
3:06 +2 Jose Alvarado made jump shot 32-28
2:44 +2 Darius Perry made driving layup 32-30
2:14 +2 James Banks III made dunk, assist by Jose Alvarado 34-30
1:51   David Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Moses Wright  
1:49   Personal foul on Jordan Nwora  
1:49 +1 Jose Alvarado made 1st of 2 free throws 35-30
1:49   Jose Alvarado missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:49   Offensive rebound by Georgia Tech  
1:49   Personal foul on Samuell Williamson  
1:49 +1 Jordan Usher made 1st of 2 free throws 36-30
1:49 +1 Jordan Usher made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-30
1:37   Darius Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:35   Offensive rebound by Malik Williams  
1:35   Personal foul on Moses Wright  
1:35   Malik Williams missed free throw  
1:35   Defensive rebound by Jordan Usher  
1:18   James Banks III missed dunk, blocked by Malik Williams  
1:16   Defensive rebound by Lamarr Kimble  
1:10   Lamarr Kimble missed layup  
1:08   Offensive rebound by Malik Williams  
1:05   Malik Williams missed dunk  
1:05   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
1:03   Personal foul on Josh Nickelberry  
1:03 +1 Jordan Usher made 1st of 2 free throws 38-30
1:49   Jordan Usher missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Samuell Williamson  
42.0   Steven Enoch missed layup  
43.0   Offensive rebound by Steven Enoch  
43.0 +2 Steven Enoch made dunk 38-32
24.0   Lost ball turnover on Moses Wright  
5.0   Lost ball turnover on Ryan McMahon, stolen by Bubba Parham  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:50 +2 Michael Devoe made driving layup 40-32
19:20   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Nwora, stolen by Jose Alvarado  
19:10   Michael Devoe missed layup  
19:08   Offensive rebound by Jordan Usher  
18:48   Shot clock violation turnover on Georgia Tech  
18:35   Personal foul on James Banks III  
18:24   Jordan Nwora missed turnaround jump shot  
18:22   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
18:16 +3 Michael Devoe made 3-pt. jump shot 43-32
18:01 +3 Dwayne Sutton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Perry 43-35
17:38   Personal foul on Darius Perry  
17:38 +1 Jose Alvarado made 1st of 2 free throws 44-35
17:38 +1 Jose Alvarado made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-35
17:27 +2 Steven Enoch made dunk, assist by Jordan Nwora 45-37
17:09   Jose Alvarado missed floating jump shot  
17:07   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
17:01   Lamarr Kimble missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:59   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
16:57   Personal foul on Lamarr Kimble  
16:44   Michael Devoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:42   Defensive rebound by Darius Perry  
16:34   Jordan Nwora missed dunk  
16:32   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
16:27   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:25   Defensive rebound by Malik Williams  
16:25   Personal foul on Jordan Usher  
16:06 +2 David Johnson made driving layup 45-39
15:43   Bad pass turnover on Jose Alvarado, stolen by Dwayne Sutton  
15:23 +3 Samuell Williamson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Perry 45-42
15:01   Jordan Usher missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:59   Offensive rebound by Georgia Tech  
14:51 +2 James Banks III made dunk, assist by Michael Devoe 47-42
14:27   Samuell Williamson missed jump shot  
14:25   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
14:13   James Banks III missed hook shot  
14:11   Defensive rebound by Louisville  
13:56   Darius Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:54   Offensive rebound by Samuell Williamson  
13:36   Malik Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:31   Offensive rebound by David Johnson  
13:22   Dwayne Sutton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:20   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
13:08   Bad pass turnover on Jose Alvarado, stolen by David Johnson  
13:05 +2 David Johnson made driving layup 47-44
13:03   Shooting foul on Bubba Parham  
13:05   David Johnson missed free throw  
13:05   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
12:50   Personal foul on David Johnson  
12:50   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:48   Defensive rebound by Samuell Williamson  
12:48   Malik Williams missed layup  
12:46   Offensive rebound by Malik Williams  
12:13 +2 David Johnson made jump shot 47-46
11:50   Jumpball received by Georgia Tech  
11:43   Personal foul on David Johnson  
11:34   Michael Devoe missed jump shot  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Darius Perry  
11:10   Shooting foul on Bubba Parham  
11:10   Steven Enoch missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:10 +1 Steven Enoch made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-47
10:49 +3 Moses Wright made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bubba Parham 50-47
10:36 +2 Steven Enoch made hook shot 50-49
10:17   Personal foul on Steven Enoch  
10:02   Jordan Usher missed layup  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
9:53   Shooting foul on Bubba Parham  
9:51   Jordan Nwora missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:51 +1 Jordan Nwora made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-50
9:19 +2 James Banks III made layup, assist by Bubba Parham 52-50
9:09   Shooting foul on Bubba Parham  
9:09 +1 Malik Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 52-51
9:09 +1 Malik Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-52
8:49   Bad pass turnover on Jose Alvarado, stolen by Lamarr Kimble  
8:44   Jordan Nwora missed layup, blocked by Moses Wright  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Georgia Tech  
8:18   Michael Devoe missed jump shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
7:57   Jumpball received by Louisville  
7:48   Lamarr Kimble missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:46   Offensive rebound by Jordan Nwora  
7:33 +2 Lamarr Kimble made driving layup 52-54
7:10   James Banks III missed hook shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Ryan McMahon  
6:53   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
6:53 +1 Malik Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 52-55
6:54   Malik Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:54   Offensive rebound by Louisville  
6:48 +2 Malik Williams made layup, assist by Ryan McMahon 52-57
6:25 +2 Moses Wright made dunk, assist by Bubba Parham 54-57
6:03 +2 Malik Williams made hook shot 54-59
5:41   Michael Devoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by Dwayne Sutton  
5:36 +2 Ryan McMahon made layup, assist by Dwayne Sutton 54-61
5:23   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Usher, stolen by Jordan Nwora  
5:19   Jordan Nwora missed layup  
5:17   Offensive rebound by Steven Enoch  
5:11 +2 Steven Enoch made dunk 54-63
5:01   Lost ball turnover on Jose Alvarado, stolen by Ryan McMahon  
5:00   Personal foul on Jordan Usher  
5:00 +1 Ryan McMahon made 1st of 2 free throws 54-64
5:00 +1 Ryan McMahon made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-65
4:45   Shooting foul on Dwayne Sutton  
4:45 +1 Michael Devoe made 1st of 2 free throws 55-65
4:45 +1 Michael Devoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-65
4:22   Dwayne Sutton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Bubba Parham  
4:10 +2 Michael Devoe made layup 58-65
3:48   Lost ball turnover on Lamarr Kimble, stolen by Michael Devoe  
3:36 +3 Michael Devoe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Moses Wright 61-65
3:12   David Johnson missed jump shot  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
3:07   Bad pass turnover on Michael Devoe  
2:44   Darius Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Georgia Tech  
2:29   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:22   Offensive rebound by Georgia Tech  
1:59   Moses Wright missed jump shot  
1:57