ATLANTA, Sporting Alert – Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points and No. 9 Louisville shot 56 percent from 3-point range in a 65-50 victory over Georgia Tech in college basketball action on Saturday.
Mitchell, who made 13 of his total points in the second half, shot 6 of 15 overall from the floor and made a career-high five of Cardinals’ nine total 3-pointers.
He also finished the game with four assists, three rebounds and blocked three shots in the road win at McCamish Pavilion.
“Coach (Rick Pitino) said I was overthinking … just go out and play,” Mitchell said. “I took a lot of shots in practice that were falling, and it carried over into the game.”
Quentin Snider had 12 points and seven assists and Anas Mahmoud finished with 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out.
Ray Spalding grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds for Louisville (13-3, 1-2 ACC), which rebounded from the 77-70 upset defeat against No. 23 Notre Dame on Wednesday night.
CAREER-BEST NOT ENOUGH FOR TECH
Ben Lammers led the way for Georgia Tech with a career-best 24 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks.
Josh Okogie contributed 15 points and seven rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (9-6, 1-2), who have dropped two in a row, following the 110-57 defeat to Duke on Wednesday night.
Louisville shot only 38.3 percent from the field overall but was 56.3 from long-range and made nine 3s in the victory.
Georgia Tech, which fell behind 16-3 early in the opening period, was 17 of 50 shooting the ball overall and made just 5 of 20 shots in the first half to trail 27-18 at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets were better in the second half, going 13 for 30 and made 4 for 7 from 3-pointers but the Cardinals didn’t allow them to get back into the game.
“It was a little iffy there for a moment, but we made it,” said Louisville assistant David Padgett, who spoke to the media after the game.
“We don’t use the term `must win,’ but this was about as close to one as you can get.”