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Mahmoud propels Louisville over Siena 86-60 (Dec 06, 2017)


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Anas Mahmoud stuffed the stat sheet – and stuffed Siena over and over and over – with 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots in a near-triple-double as Louisville used a big second half to put away Siena 86-60 on Wednesday night.

Quentin Snider added a season-high 16 points, and Ray Spalding had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Cardinals (5-2), who led by only a point with 15:26 to play before reeling off 18 straight points.

Thanks mostly to Mahmoud and Spalding, Louisville had 15 blocks in all as it rebounded from last week’s consecutive losses to Purdue and Seton Hall that had knocked the Cardinals out of the Top 25.

Sammy Friday had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Siena (2-6), which made just nine field goals after halftime.

Louisville led 12-2 after just 3:08, but the Saints rallied and used a 10-0 run that included five Louisville turnovers to take a 31-27 lead. The Cardinals regrouped to regain a 39-36 lead by halftime as Siena missed 10 of its final 11 shots from the floor in the half.

The Saints pulled within 48-47 before four straight points by Mahmoud started the 18-0 run.

BIG PICTURE

Siena: The Saints hung around for a while by leading Louisville in some key categories. Siena got 18 offensive rebounds en route to a 21-9 advantage in second-chance points. The Saints’ reserves outscored Louisville’s 43-27.

Louisville: Mahmoud, the 7-foot senior from Cairo, Egypt, posted a season-high in points a game after being held scoreless and not attempting a shot against Seton Hall. He also set a career high for blocks, surpassing the eight he had against Omaha on Nov. 17.

UP NEXT

Louisville will host Indiana on Saturday in a border-state battle, then face Bryant at home on Monday.

Wednesday night’s game was part of the round robin of the Gotham Classic, in which Louisville, Siena, Bryant, Memphis and Albany all play each other over the next two weeks, with Louisville’s Dec. 16 game against Memphis in New York’s Madison Square Garden the marquee matchup. Siena will host Albany on Saturday in its next game.

More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org


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