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Georgia Tech unable to crack through tough defense of No. 9 Louisville in 65-50 loss
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Georgia Tech’s Abdoulaye Gueye, left, grabs a loose ball against Louisville’s Mangok Mathiang in the first half of Saturday’s game in Atlanta. - photo by David Goldman

ATLANTA — Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half Saturday to lead No. 9 Louisville to a 65-50 victory over Georgia Tech, making the Cardinals the last ACC team to pick up a conference win.

Louisville (13-3, 1-2) used stifling defense in the first half and the long ball to beat Tech (9-6, 1-2) for the sixth straight time.

Quentin Snider added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals while center Ben Lammers paced the Jackets with a career-high 24 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Freshman Josh Okogie scored 15 points for Tech, which made just 5 of 20 shots in the first half.

After leading 27-18 at halftime, the Cardinals looked like they were going to run away with the game after Mitchell made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for a 41-26 lead.

Tech scored the game’s next 12 points, however, pulling within 41-38 on a dunk by Lammers off a nifty pass from Okogie.

The Jackets again were within three a minute later before Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson hit a 3. Mitchell added another, his fifth, with 6:43 left in the game to push the Cardinals up 49-42.

Tech never again was that close. Georgia Tech made just three of its first 15 shots, and didn’t score its 10th point until Tadric Jackson made a free throw with 6:27 left in the first half.

Louisville ran to a 16-3 lead on the strength of the long ball, making 4 of 5 3-pointers in that run, including two by Deng Adel.

From there the Cardinals made just 4 of 21 shots up to halftime, including a scoreless streak of 6:10. They also made just 2 of 7 from the free throw line.

Adel left the game with an undisclosed injury with just under 5 minutes left in the first half soon after Lammers blocked his shot and then took a rebound after another miss by Deng. As a trainer helped him up and then off the court, he had a towel on his head and wobbled as he walked.

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