Freshman Johnson tallies 19 points as Cards knock off Duke

Freshman Johnson tallies 19 points as Cards knock off Duke
Coach Chris Mack's Cardinals hang tough down the stretch to upset Duke.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville freshman David Johnson enjoyed a spectacular first half at Duke scoring 17 of his career-best 19 points . That spark helped the Cardinals grab a 10 point lead over the Blue Devils at intermission then U of L stayed solid down the stretch in the second half to leave Durham, NC with a 79-73 victory.

Johnson, who’s had to endure a slow start to his first season with Louisville, scored his points on with array of shots from driving slams to outside jumpers. The freshman was coming off a shoulder injury prior to the start of the season.

“He lost four months. Two of the months David couldn’t do anything but ride a bike ‚” said Louisville head coach Chris Mack. " No pre-season practices, and then slowly we tried to acclimate him. He’s finally moving in the right direction."

Duke, which trailed 42 to 32 at the half, put together a solid run midway through the second half and tied the Cards on a Tre Jones’ three- pointer with six and a half minutes to play. But the Cards’ Fresh Kimble followed Jones’ triple with one of his own to put Louisville back in the lead 66 -63.

With 4:30 left in the game, David Johnson drove right down the middle of the lane for a slam dunk that gave his team a huge six point advantage.

Duke was led by Cassius Stanley, who delivered an impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Louisville, now 15-3, returns to action Wednesday night with a home game against Georgia Tech.

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