LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Quentin Snider tallied 22 points and five assists and No. 14 Louisville endured a career night from Jamel Artis to outlast Pittsburgh 85-80 in ACC action on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) were strolling along with a 52-26 lead early in the second half and held a double-digit advantage for the most part, but Artis came alive to bag 32 points in 18 minutes after the break.
“We’ve just got to put two halves together, 40 minutes all the time,” a relief Snider said afterwards.
Artis shot 11-of-15 from the floor and made five of his seven total 3-pointers in an explosive second half display.
Overall, the senior forward who sits second in the ACC in scoring this season, went off for a career-high 43 points with 7-for-13 from 3-pointers and 15-of-22 shooting overall from the floor.
“I feel like this every night,” said Artis. “I just knew we were down a good little margin and I had guys who were counting on me.
“I hit a couple shots and I knew I could have hit more. If we come out there the first half doing that, we’d be unstoppable.”
Donovan Mitchell scored 15 points with eight rebounds for Louisville, Deng Adel added 15 points and six boards, while Ray Spalding had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals, who won two in a row and three in the last four.
Pitt trailed by as many as 26 points in the second period, but rallied to cut the deficit to five points in the final minute.
Louisville held it together, though, down the stretch to knock down key free throws and sealed the win, but head coach Rick Pitino was a left a little disappointed.
“I am real disappointed in the second half defense, real disappointed about the way we attacked the 1-3-1 defense,” said Pitino, who did acknowledged the outstanding performance of Artis.
“Give a lot of credit to Jamel Artis, he is a terrific basketball player — 43 points is an awesome performance.”
Michael Young, who leads the ACC in scoring finished with 17 points for the Panthers (12-5, 1-3) in the defeat.
“I thought we played better defensively in the second half and I thought we played with a little more aggression,” defeat coach Kevin Stallings said.
“You have to try to find a way, when you play a team like them, to become the aggressor. We were able to do that for much of the second half, but that wasn’t enough.”
Louisville will host the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils on Saturday in an ACC matchup.
Pittsburgh entertains the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.