Jacksonville State's first trip to the NCAA Tournament was a short one.
No. 15 seed JSU fell to second-seeded Louisville 78-63 in the opening round Friday afternoon.
At halftime, the Cardinals held a 38-31 lead over the Gamecocks. Even so, it was the Gamecocks who led most of the first half.
Jax State led for nearly 14 minutes and didn't surrender the lead until Deng Adel made a three-pointer to make it 21-19 with 6:40 left in the first half.
The second half, however, was not as kind to the Gamecocks. Their offense went cold and the Cards outscored them 40-32.
Junior forward Norbertas Giga did his part to keep the Gamecocks in the game. He led with 30 points, including five three-pointers. He also managed nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double.
But Louisville's offense finished mounted a more balanced attack and was able to keep the resilient Gamecocks at bay. Four Cardinals finished in double figures.
Adel led with 18 while Mangok Mathiang and Quentin Snider finished with 16. Ray Spalding game Louisville 11.
Louisville advanced to play No. 7 Michigan on Sunday.
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