LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville used a 10-0 run late in the first half to wrestle away control and then held on in the final minute for a 77-68 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.
The Panthers took a 26-20 lead on a drive by Ken-Jah Bosley with 6:53 left in the first half, but sparked by David Levitch and Mangok Mathiang, the Cards answered.
Levitch hit a three-pointer and immediately came up with a steal and fed Jaylen Johnson for a lay up to get the run started.
Mathiang's energy translated into 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.
The Cards increased their lead to 69-51 on a Trey Lewis lay up with 4:34 left.
Damion Lee, who provided the highlight of the night, chasing down Bosley and pinning his shot on the backboard, led the Cards with 19 points. The Drexel transfer was 6-17 from the field.
Chinanu Onuaku battled foul trouble, but scored 9 of his 11 points in the first half.
C.J. Blackwell led the Panthers with 22 points. His three with 1:19 left got KWC within six at 74-68, but Rick Pitino inserted his starters back into the lineup. After a timeout with :37 seconds left, Quinton Snider sealed it with a three from the corner.
UofL finished with 12 blocked shots.
The Cards tip off the season for real on Friday night at 7 p.m. hosting Samford. The Bulldogs are coached by St. X and University of Kentucky graduate Scott Padgett.