Mahmoud lifts No. 14 Louisville past No. 7 Duke

Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) battles Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) for a rebound during the first half at KFC Yum! Center.
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LOUISVILLE, KY.–Anas Mahmoud notched a double-double, scoring a career-high 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as No.14 Louisville defeated seventh-ranked Duke 78-69 on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.

Donovan Mitchell tallied 15 points. Quentin Snider had 13 points and Ray Spalding added 11.

The Cardinals (15-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) forced 18 turnovers and had seven steals.

“Really proud of our guys,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “It was a big game for us. We’ve been through the mill with our schedule and we stay at an even keel and keep getting up for every game as if it’s a national championship game. I like the effort that our guys give, just a tremendous game of shutting down the 3, getting our deflections and forcing turnovers.”

Grayson Allen led the Blue Devils (14-4, 2-3) with 23 points. Luke Kennard had 17 and Jayson Tatum 11.

Mitchell was red-hot in the second half scoring 10 points, including a couple 3s putting the Cardinals up 69-60 with 4:03 to play.

Mahmoud soon followed with a put-back dunk and two free throws after Snider drained a 3-pointer to put the game away.

Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) battles Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) for a rebound during the first half at KFC Yum! Center.
(Photo Credit: Jamie Rhodes- USA Today Sports)

Snider’s 3-pointer capped a 20-5 Louisville run 32-24 lead with 2:58 remaining in the first half.

Tatum drained a jump shot with two seconds left in the half to pull Duke within 34-30 at the break.

The Cardinals had a 36-26 edge in the paint.

Louisville shot 47 percent from the field and made 7-of-19 from 3-point range. The Cardinals shot 68 percent from the charity stripe.

Duke shot 47 percent from the floor, 42 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line.

Louisville has won back-to-back games against Duke and is 6-7 all-time against the Blue Devils, including a 3-2 mark at home.

The Blue Devils get some time off before hosting Miami on Jan. 21.

Louisville hosts Clemson on Thursday.

Duke was without Amile Jefferson, who missed his second straight game with a foot injury.

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