PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Donovan Mitchell scored 14 points, including two critical 3-pointers in the final 4½ minutes, to help No. 10 Louisville beat Wichita State 62-52 on Thursday, earning a trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.
Quentin Snider also scored 14 for the Cardinals (5-0), who locked down defensively in the first half, then turned away the Shockers’ second-half comeback.
Trailing 33-17 at the half and by 16 with about 14 minutes left, Wichita State (5-1) hit three straight 3-pointers to get back in it and twice got within six. But the Cardinals repeatedly came up with timely offensive rebounds or baskets to keep control.
Wichita State shot just 32 percent for the game, while Louisville – which shot 37 percent – helped itself by making 17 of 23 free throws and taking a 46-33 rebounding advantage.
Markis McDuffie and Shaquille Morris each scored 10 for the Shockers.