Pittsburgh's Jamel Artis explodes for 43 points in near-upset of Louisville
Pitt came up short against No. 14 Louisville, but Jamel Artis kept his team in it until the end
The 14th-ranked Louisville Cardinals earned a hard-fought victory on its home floor against Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening, despite giving up one of the most remarkable offensive performances in all of college basketball this season.
Louisville led 47-26 at halftime. Then Pitt's Jamel Artis went bananas in the final 20 minutes and did everything to put the team on his back and nearly lead his team to an improbable comeback. He scored 32 second-half points to Louisville's 38 and finished the game with 43 points. Of his team's 26 total field goals, Artis made 15.
Artis' 43-point explosion is the second-highest in a game in Pitt basketball history. Per ESPN stats and information, the only Pitt player to score more was Don Hennon's 45-point performance in 1957. Sixty years ago!
Nevertheless, Pitt dropped to 1-3 in conference play while Louisville advanced to 3-2 in ACC play with an 85-80 victory. Louisville will face No. 7 Duke on Saturday.
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