Luke Hancock sank two three-pointers late in the game to help the Louisville Cardinals pull away from Manhattan 71-64 in the men’s NCAA tournament.
The 13th seeded Jaspers kept it close against the defending champs and appeared poised to pull off an upset, but a Russ Smith three-pointer and Hancock’s clutch shots in the final minutes allowed the Cards to advance to Saturday’s third round.
Today’s (Friday’s) tournament action has Eastern Kentucky facing Kansas at 4:10pm, and Kentucky meeting Kansas State at 9:40pm. Both games are in St. Louis.
Louisville returns to action Saturday in Orlando, Florida against St. Louis, which advanced with a win over North Carolina State Thursday.