Johnson, Huntley-Hatfield Deliver Fantastic Performances for Louisville vs. FSU

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward was nearly automatic on the block, going 11-of-15 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line to score a career-high 29 points. He also secured seven rebounds before fouling out.

“I’m a problem,” Huntley-Hatfield said when asked how recent success has improved his confidence. “It’s just about making sure I’m focused on the right things coming to the game. I have trust in my teammates first and foremost and I trust in our staff and our gameplan. I didn’t really have a good game last game and we lost, so I just wanted to make sure I’m bringing a lot of energy today and dominating inside. Just continuing my play and helping us get W’s”

By the time the game clock hit double zeroes, Johnson and Huntley-Hatfield became the first pair of Cardinals to score 27 or more in a game since Larry O’Bannon had 33 points and Taquan Dean added 27 against charlotte on Mar. 3, 2005. With Curtis Williams scoring 19 points and Mike James reaching 18, it also marked the first time Louisville has had four players score 18 or more in a game since 1989.

Even with the win and the two phenomenal outings by Johnson and Huntley-Hatfield, it hasn’t changed the trajectory of the season. The Cardinals are still just 7-15 overall and 2-9 in ACC play, with all signs pointing towards a coaching change taking place once the offseason hits.

However, the team is hoping that the victory can serve as a catalyst for the team moving forward, and potentially help carry them to a strong end of the season.

“Every time we all come into the media [room], we’re always saying we know what type of guys we have in our locker room,” Huntley-Hatfield said. “It’s just about putting it together. Sometimes we find ourselves not putting two halves together in games. I felt like tonight we did that. We also just want to make sure we are watching the film on our mistakes and making sure we are cutting down on those so we can have a much cleaner game. 

Gideon Canice

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