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Louisville leads big before surviving Boston College 77-69

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Deng Adel's work day looked complete as he headed to the bench with a statistical double-double that put Louisville comfortably ahead of Boston College ��� or so it seemed before things began unraveling in less than two minutes.

The junior forward ended up going back in to deliver the first of the Cardinals' 10 free throws on 12 attempts in the final minute that sealed Sunday's tense 77-69 victory over the Eagles.

"At that point it's a free-throw game," said Adel, who had all of his 18 points and 10 rebounds after halftime, including the free throw with 56 seconds remaining.

"So, not turning it over and inbounding it, that's a lot of pressure on me because I was the one there. Just making the right reads and guys being strong with the ball, and just making free throws."

A second half in which the Cardinals (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away with several spurts ended up with them needing every point possible down the stretch.

Their 12-2 surge just after the break - including nine by Adel - propelled them to a 46-33 lead that eventually reached 18 with 3:57 remaining. Louisville's scoring leader exited with 2:47 left and the Cardinals up by 16, but the Eagles stormed back within 71-69 on Jordan Chatman's 3 with 33 seconds left.

After V.J. King's two free throws made it a four-point game, Chatman's long-range attempt bounced off the rim and out of bounds.

Ryan McMahon then made two from the line before King made two more to seal the Cardinals' fourth consecutive win.

And a lesson learned by Louisville interim coach David Padgett that it's never really over until the final horn.

"I probably should have waited a little bit longer to empty the bench, which is part of the learning process," Padgett conceded.

King finished with 15 points, Jordan Nwora had 15 off the bench and Malik Williams 10 for the Cardinals.

Jerome Robinson had 19 points, Ky Bowman 16 and Nik Popovic and Chatman 12 each for BC (13-7, 3-4), which had its two-game winning streak stopped. The Eagles also lost their 21st consecutive ACC road game, but not without making one last charge.

"We finally made some shots, that's what happened," Eagles coach Jim Christian said of the comeback. "You can't win on the road and go 8 for 29 from 3(-point range) and commit 16 turnovers. For us to win with our limited depth we have to make shots, and we didn't make 3s today."

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: The Eagles brought in two of the ACC's top six scorers in Robinson (18.2 points) and Bowman (15.7), who did their parts in whacking Louisville's lead. But their bench was outscored 22-2 and couldn't get the needed basket late to tie the game.

Louisville: The Cardinals had to work for shots against the Eagles' active defense and succeeded in the second half, shooting 13 of 27 (48 percent) to finish 40 percent overall. Nwora's 13 first-half points helped Louisville lead 31-29 at the break before Adel took over. That big lead came in handy against a lull that allowed BC to make it interesting. Ray Spalding finished with 11 rebounds.

PLAYING THROUGH

Robinson left the game twice in the first half because of a stomach illness, but returned to finish 8 of 16 from the field with a 3.

"My stomach was just bothering me a little bit before the game," he said, "and then once we got up-and-down, I was like, 'I need to go the bathroom.' I had to get it out of me. It was tough."

UP NEXT

Boston College: Visits Syracuse on Wednesday. The Eagles split last year with the Orange but have lost five of six series meetings.

Louisville: Visits Miami on Wednesday. The Cardinals have won three of four against the Hurricanes since entering the ACC, including last season.

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Key Players
K. Bowman
Q. Snider
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
42.3 Field Goal % 43.4
33.1 Three Point % 35.8
71.7 Free Throw % 87.5
  Offensive rebound by Steffon Mitchell 1.0
  Jerome Robinson missed jump shot 1.0
+ 1 V.J. King made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 V.J. King made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Jerome Robinson 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Deng Adel 6.0
  Jerome Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
+ 1 Ryan McMahon made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Ryan McMahon made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Vin Baker Jr. 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Quentin Snider 15.0
Team Stats
Points 69 77
Field Goals 23-65 (35.4%) 23-57 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 8-29 (27.6%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 23-31 (74.2%)
Total Rebounds 40 42
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 31 36
Team 1 0
Assists 10 12
Steals 7 10
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Boston College 13-7 294069
home team logo Louisville 15-4 314677
Team Stats
away team logo Boston College 13-7 70.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo Louisville 15-4 74.6 PPG 40.5 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
00
J. Robinson G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
D. Adel G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Robinson G 19 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
D. Adel G/F 18 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
35.4 FG% 40.4
27.6 3PT FG% 34.8
78.9 FT% 74.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Robinson 19 2 4 8/16 1/5 2/5 2 32 1 0 3 1 1
K. Bowman 16 6 2 5/22 3/11 3/3 5 35 0 0 7 1 5
J. Chatman 12 3 2 4/11 2/8 2/3 1 40 2 0 0 0 3
N. Popovic 12 9 2 4/10 0/1 4/4 3 23 1 0 2 2 7
S. Mitchell 8 11 0 2/4 2/2 2/2 3 38 2 0 2 1 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Robinson 19 2 4 8/16 1/5 2/5 2 32 1 0 3 1 1
K. Bowman 16 6 2 5/22 3/11 3/3 5 35 0 0 7 1 5
J. Chatman 12 3 2 4/11 2/8 2/3 1 40 2 0 0 0 3
N. Popovic 12 9 2 4/10 0/1 4/4 3 23 1 0 2 2 7
S. Mitchell 8 11 0 2/4 2/2 2/2 3 38 2 0 2 1 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Baker Jr. 2 5 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 12 0 0 0 2 3
J. Reyes 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0
L. Kraljevic 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 12 1 1 1 0 2
A. Wilson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
G. Gehan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Meznieks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. DiLuccio - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bohuny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Holtz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Jackowitz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 39 10 23/65 8/29 15/19 21 200 7 1 16 8 31
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Adel 18 10 5 6/10 2/3 4/7 3 29 1 0 2 1 9
V. King 15 2 2 3/10 1/5 8/8 2 27 1 0 0 0 2
M. Williams 10 5 0 3/5 2/2 2/3 2 18 1 0 0 3 2
Q. Snider 7 4 3 2/8 0/2 3/4 1 30 1 0 3 0 4
R. Spalding 5 11 1 2/5 0/0 1/2 3 25 1 1 3 0 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Adel 18 10 5 6/10 2/3 4/7 3 29 1 0 2 1 9
V. King 15 2 2 3/10 1/5 8/8 2 27 1 0 0 0 2
M. Williams 10 5 0 3/5 2/2 2/3 2 18 1 0 0 3 2
Q. Snider 7 4 3 2/8 0/2 3/4 1 30 1 0 3 0 4
R. Spalding 5 11 1 2/5 0/0 1/2 3 25 1 1 3 0 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Nwora 15 5 1 5/8 2/4 3/3 2 16 0 0 1 0 5
R. McMahon 5 1 0 1/5 1/5 2/2 0 17 0 0 1 0 1
D. Sutton 2 3 0 1/4 0/1 0/2 2 14 2 0 0 2 1
A. Mahmoud 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 14 2 3 0 0 1
D. Perry 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 9 1 0 2 0 0
L. Thomas 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Redding - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 42 12 23/57 8/23 23/31 17 200 10 4 13 6 36