The Aggies had just ten active players on the roster, and six of them fouled out. Meaning for the last 21.9 seconds, there were just four Aggies on the court. And it was a factor, as the Cardinals held on for the 90-84 win on Sunday afternoon at the Yum Center.
Louisville wins in overtime against a New Mexico State team that was without its best player and had just 4 players on the court at the end of the game after six guys fouled out. pic.twitter.com/siUEgFZfPF— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 26, 2023
What’s even more amazing is they actually made a three to cut it to a one-possession game while shorthanded! This is from the play-by-play stats, and notice that when Jaden Harris left the game after fouling out with eight points and five assists, no one subbed on!
For a Louisville team that has been in free fall under Kenny Payne (Payne is now 6-31 as the Cardinals head coach), somehow even a win can feel like a loss. UL was actually down 73-65 with 1:18 remaining in regulation, but went on an 8-0 run to force overtime and the eventual victory.
The Cards take on crosstown rival Bellarmine on Wednesday, Hopefully the Knights can bring enough players to the Yum to finish the game.