Louisville's need for a lift against George Mason led Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora to put aside freshman nerves and contribute.
The duo responded with poise and clutch baskets that rallied the No. 16 Cardinals as they started a new phase without longtime coach Rick Pitino.
Deng Adel had 20 points, while Perry and Nwora combined for 22 in the second half to lead Louisville past George Mason 72-61 on Sunday and win David Padgett's debut as the Cardinals' interim coach.
Coming back took a lot for Louisville, which appeared tentative for nearly 30 minutes in its first regular season contest since Pitino was fired last month in the wake of a national federal investigation...