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Louisville hangs on against resurging Pittsburgh

The senior forward, who was already averaging over 20 points per game before Wednesday's explosion, nearly broke a school record by pouring in 43 points on 15 of 22 shooting. The 6-foot-7 senior, who had 11 points in the first half, would connect on 11 of 15 shots, including seven 3-pointers and six of eight free throws, for 43 points for the night.

It was still a huge night for the senior guard, who scored the ACC's most points since Boston College's Tyrese Rice had 46 against North Carolina on March 1, 2008.

Don Hennon holds the Panthers' record having scored 45 points in a game in 1957.

"I feel like this every night, " said Artis, who was 15 of 22 from the field with seven 3s to top his previous high of 32 points against Bryant on February 2, 2015. I have a lot of confidence in the Cards' ability to handle Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, mostly because the Panthers' struggle on the defensive end of the floor. "If we come out there the first half doing that, we'd be unstoppable". This time, Young - the ACC's leading scorer at 22.3 points per game entering the matchup - again finished with 17 points, but was only 5-of-14 from the field and an abysmal 4-of-11 from the foul line. But in the second, we constantly got beat on the dribble.

Louisville hangs on against resurging Pittsburgh
Louisville hangs on against resurging Pittsburgh

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (13-3, 1-2): Since coach Rick Pitino suggested he was overthinking his shot selection, sophomore Donovan Mitchell (team-high 13.4 points) has strung together the three finest offensive efforts of his career, scoring at least 20 points in three straight while shooting 44 percent beyond the arc (28.8 percent prior). After draining 5 of 7 from beyond the three-point arc during the game's first 20 minutes, the Cardinals made just 1 of 7 during the second half.

Pittsburgh is now 12-4 and is coming off a tough loss to Syracuse last weekend.

"I thought we played better defensively in the second half and I thought we played with a little more aggression, " first-year coach Kevin Stallings said. And when that deficit grew to 26 early in the second half, it seemed inevitable. They missed their next two attempts from deep, but Artis added a pair of jumpers to give Pitt a 7-4 lead less than five minutes into the game.

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