The (4) Louisville Cardinals beat the (13) Manhattan Jaspers, 71-64 , tonight in the Round of 64 in the Midwest Region of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, thanks to two massive three pointers down the stretch by senior Luke Hancock.
Louisville controlled most of the first half but were unable to put much separation between them and Manhattan. But the Cardinals did take a 6 point lead into the break. In the second half, the Jaspers went on an 8-0 run to briefly take a 37-35 lead. Louisville, however, tied it on their next possession, and took the lead on two made free throws by Chris Jones.
Manhattan kept the game close, holding the Cardinals scoreless for 3 minutes. But the Jaspers were unable to do much on the offensive end , themselves. With 3:44 left in the game Manhattan clung to a 3 point lead, 58-55. Over the final 3 minutes of the game, the Cardinals would put the game away, courtesy of Hancock’s three point shooting.
Four Cardinal players scored in double figures, led by Russ Smith’s 18 points. Hancock added 16 points. The Jaspers were led in scoring by Ashton Pankey’s 16 points. Emmy Andujar added 13 points off the bench.
Louisville advances to play (5) Saint Louis, who needed overtime to defeat North Carolina State, on Saturday in the Round of 32.