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Nwora, Williams power Louisville easily past Southern 104-54

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The second act of Louisville's Chris Mack era produced the same outcome as the first, but this time the Cardinals came away with a much better showing.

Jordan Nwora scored a career-high 20 points as the Cardinals (2-0) easily dominated Southern 104-54 Tuesday night. Malik Williams also posted a career high of 17 points in the rout.

After Nicholls State stayed close with Louisville in last week's season opener, Mack used the practices to toughen up his players in preparation for a schedule that includes eight games against teams ranked in the AP's preseason top 10. Mack saw improvement on both sides of the court as the Cardinals shot 58.2 percent and forced 23 turnovers.

''The three practices that we had leading up to tonight really set the tone,'' he said. ''I really think you earn the right to win and you earn your victories in practice because that's who you become on game night.''

Southern coach Sean Woods said he noticed a marked difference from the team he observed in game film.

''Handling pressure, making shots, executing high-low situations, so I tip my hat off to coach Mack because he's been working on getting his guys better,'' Woods said.

One of the players Mack wanted to see improve was Nwora. The sophomore forward came off the bench and scored 15 points in the first half. He provided an immediate spark, scoring a layup off a Jaguars turnover just two seconds after checking in. He later got frontcourt steals on consecutive possessions that he turned into back-to-back dunks, the latter of which made it 21-9 with 11:32 remaining.

Louisville kept pulling away throughout the game, leading by as many as 53 points in the final minute. Mack used 13 players, with none playing more than 22 minutes. A dozen Cardinals ended up scoring.

''After the last game, I don't think a lot of people were happy with our performance, especially not the coaches,'' said Nwora, who made 7-of-11 shots. ''We just had to get better, and that's the way he woke us up. Just having some drills in practice that really brought out the toughness in some guys.''

Aaron Ray led the Jaguars (0-3) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Southern: Facing its third major conference foe in a week, the Jaguars again struggled as they shot just 39.1 percent. They also had a hard time keeping up with bigger, more athletic Cardinals. By halftime, Southern committed 21 fouls, with two players picking up four each. The Jaguars finished getting whistled for 39 fouls. Three players fouled out, with four more drawing four each.

Louisville: The Cardinals looked much more at ease Tuesday after struggling in their season opener. In addition to the practices, it may have been due to the size advantage Louisville enjoyed over the Jaguars, who did not start anyone taller than 6-foot-7. Louisville outrebounded Southern 37-22 and enjoyed a 38-20 scoring advantage in the paint.

LOCKER ROOM CLOSED

Prior to the game, Louisville announced its locker room would be closed for postgame interviews, per Mack's decision. The program had been one of the few to allow locker room access during the regular season. The NCAA maintains an open locker room policy during the March tournament.

AGAU RETURNS

Tuesday marked the return of Akoy Agau to the Cardinals. The graduate transfer from Southern Methodist played 22 games for the Cardinals before leaving the program in late 2014 to play for Georgetown. The 6-foot-8 forward scored seven points and tied Nwora with a team-high seven rebounds against the Jaguars.

UP NEXT

Southern travels to Fairfax, Va., for a Saturday game at George Mason as part of the Emerald Coast Classic.

Louisville concludes a three-game, season-opening homestand on Friday when it hosts Vermont.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Khwan Fore 0.0
  Isaiah Rollins missed layup 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Wyatt Battaile, stolen by Marcel Burton 13.0
+ 3 Marcel Burton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Ray 37.0
+ 3 Jacob Redding made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khwan Fore 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Akoy Agau 54.0
  Aaron Ray missed 3-pt. jump shot 56.0
  Offensive rebound by Aaron Ray 1:06
  Brendon Brooks missed jump shot, blocked by Akoy Agau 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Hassan Hussein 1:49
  Wyatt Battaile missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:51
Team Stats
Points 54 104
Field Goals 18-46 (39.1%) 32-55 (58.2%)
3-Pointers 3-10 (30.0%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 15-24 (62.5%) 31-39 (79.5%)
Total Rebounds 22 37
Offensive 8 14
Defensive 14 23
Team 0 0
Assists 6 17
Steals 2 5
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 22 13
Fouls 39 27
Technicals 1 1
14 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 7 REB
12T
away team logo Southern 0-3 223254
home team logo Louisville 2-0 4955104
Team Stats
away team logo Southern 0-3 64.9 PPG 34.1 RPG 11.6 APG
home team logo Louisville 2-0 74.6 PPG 40.5 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
14
A. Ray G 6.6 PPG 3.4 RPG 1.7 APG 33.5 FG%
33
J. Nwora F 17.0 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.3 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Ray G 14 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
J. Nwora F 20 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
39.1 FG% 58.2
30.0 3PT FG% 36.0
62.5 FT% 79.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Ray 14 8 3 4/12 1/4 5/5 4 34 0 0 2 2 6
J. Saddler 6 0 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 5 9 1 0 1 0 0
S. Umude 3 5 0 1/5 0/0 1/2 4 17 0 0 3 1 4
E. Reese 3 0 0 0/1 0/1 3/5 4 25 0 0 4 0 0
B. Assie 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/4 4 12 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Ray 14 8 3 4/12 1/4 5/5 4 34 0 0 2 2 6
J. Saddler 6 0 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 5 9 1 0 1 0 0
S. Umude 3 5 0 1/5 0/0 1/2 4 17 0 0 3 1 4
E. Reese 3 0 0 0/1 0/1 3/5 4 25 0 0 4 0 0
B. Assie 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/4 4 12 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Burton 8 0 1 2/3 2/3 2/2 2 10 1 0 1 0 0
I. Rollins 6 2 1 2/8 0/2 2/2 1 20 0 0 0 1 1
A. Ennis 5 0 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 5 11 0 0 0 0 0
O. Wilson 4 3 0 2/5 0/0 0/2 5 21 0 0 5 3 0
H. Hussein 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 1 1 1
B. Brooks 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 1 0 1
R. Lee 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
T. Blackmon 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 2 0 0
L. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mayo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. McClinton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dunton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 22 6 18/46 3/10 15/24 39 201 2 0 22 8 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Enoch 13 4 0 4/5 0/0 5/5 3 13 0 1 1 2 2
D. Perry 13 1 1 4/5 2/3 3/3 4 18 0 0 1 0 1
V. King 8 3 2 3/4 1/2 1/2 3 21 0 0 4 0 3
C. Cunningham 5 2 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 3 22 0 0 2 0 2
D. Sutton 2 5 3 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Enoch 13 4 0 4/5 0/0 5/5 3 13 0 1 1 2 2
D. Perry 13 1 1 4/5 2/3 3/3 4 18 0 0 1 0 1
V. King 8 3 2 3/4 1/2 1/2 3 21 0 0 4 0 3
C. Cunningham 5 2 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 3 22 0 0 2 0 2
D. Sutton 2 5 3 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Nwora 20 7 0 7/11 1/3 5/6 2 18 2 1 0 3 4
M. Williams 17 5 0 5/7 0/1 7/11 2 18 1 0 1 2 3
R. McMahon 8 1 6 2/4 2/4 2/2 1 21 1 0 0 0 1
A. Agau 7 7 1 1/1 0/0 5/6 1 12 0 1 1 5 2
K. Fore 6 1 1 1/5 1/3 3/4 3 21 0 0 1 0 1
J. Redding 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
J. Griffin 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
W. Battaile 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
W. Rainey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 37 17 32/55 9/25 31/39 27 201 5 3 13 14 23