The Cardinals offense struggled out of the gate and the defense seemed to watch as little used Michigan freshman guard Spike Albrecht torched the nets, connecting on four consecutive three-pointers. Michigan held a 12-point, 35-23, with 3:24 remaining in the first half until the first Louisville run occurred.
Louisville junior Luke Hancock matched Albrecht's hot-shooting, connecting on four straight of his own beyond the arc to fuel a 14-1 run, which gave the Cardinals a brief one-point lead just before the break.
The Wolverines and Cardinals battled throughout the second half, with Louisville grabbing it's largest lead of the game at 73-65 with less than four minutes remaining. Moments later, Hancock's fifth three-pointer of the game pushed the lead to 10.
Hancock finished with a team-high 22 points.
Cardinal sophomore forward Chane Behanan had his most impressive outing of the tournament, recording a double-double, with 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
With Russ Smith struggling from the floor, hitting just 3 of 16 shots, senior Peyton Siva hit a number of clutch shots during the second half. The Cardinals point guard scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds, handed out 4 assists and had 5 steals.
Gorgui Dieng filled the stat sheet across the board. The Cardinals center had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.
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