Indiana defeats Louisville, 68-67

Indiana defeats Louisville, 68-67
Former New Albany star Romeo Langford at IU Media Day

BLOOMINGTON, IN (WAVE) - The Hoosiers claimed their first win over Louisville since 2002 on Saturday, in a close one at Assembly Hall.

New Albany-native and true freshman Romeo Langford led Indiana with 21 points, including going 9-14 from the charity stripe.

Louisville sophomore forward Jordan Nwora had a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers. Nwora also added 14 rebounds.

The Cards shot just 38-percent from the field, making 23 shots on 60 attempts.

Louisville’s defense prevailed in the first half, forcing five turnovers and taking a 33-28 lead into the break.

Christen Cunningham added 16 points, including four three-pointers.

It was a close contest throughout, with Louisville leading for most of the game. Indiana took it’s first lead, 49-47 with 8:30 remaining in the game, and the lead would change six times in the final eight minutes.

A Robert Phinisee three-pointer with 1:25 left would put the Hoosiers up 60-58, and they’d hold the lead for the remainder.

Indiana led 66-61 with less than one minute left, when Romeo Langford fouled Ryan McMahon during a three-point attempt, and McMahon made all three FT’s to bring the Cards within a score.

But the Cards would run out of time, and despite a Cunningham half-court shot at the buzzer, Indiana emerged victorious.

The Hoosiers are now 8-2 on the season, and Louisville falls to 6-3.

Louisville returns home to take on Lipscomb on Wednesday night. Indiana will take on Butler next Saturday in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.

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