LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Ray Spalding had 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds before leaving midway through the second half with an injury, Deng Adel and Jordan Nwora each made a key 3-pointer late and No. 19 Louisville held off Saint Francis 84-72 on Friday night.

Spalding's layup provided a 66-44 lead with 12:38 remaining, but the junior forward went to the locker room several minutes later with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Saint Francis took advantage of his absence with a 23-10 run over 8:09 to get within 74-66, but Nwora and Adel each answered with five points while Anas Mahmoud made consecutive blocks during one sequence to help the Cardinals pull away.

Spalding matched a career scoring high before leaving the game and achieved his second double-double in a week.

Adel added 13 points, Mahmoud had 12 with nine rebounds, Quentin Snider had 11 points and V.J. King 10 for Louisville (4-0).

Nov 24, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Deng Adel (22) shoots against St. Francis (Pa) Red Flash guard Randall Gaskins Jr. (4) during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated St. Francis (PA) 84-72. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Braxton had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Flash (2-3), whose two-game winning streak was stopped.


Saint Francis: The Red Flash stayed close for much of the first half by matching Louisville 20-all on the glass and eventually winning that category 35-33. Ten 3-pointers also helped. But they were outscored 40-20 in the paint and committed 19 turnovers leading to 17 Louisville points.

Louisville: The Cardinals appeared headed to another easy win after their 42-point rout of Southern Illinois before Spalding's exit changed things. They went nearly 5 minutes before Adel and Nwora made consecutive 3s to seize control.


Saint Francis hosts American University on Wednesday in the first of two more tuneups before visiting top-ranked Duke on Dec. 5.

Louisville hits the road for the first time to visit No. 18 Purdue on Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Cardinals won last year's Challenge meeting 71-64 but is 6-11 lifetime against the Boilermakers.