Last night Kevin Ware played in his first game since that gut-wrenching leg fracture over seven months ago at the Cardinal's Elite Eight match against Duke. In an exhibition game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Pikeville Bears, Ware made his first shot, and went on to score six points with four rebounds. Ware told ESPN.com that "It was great. I've never felt like that before. I've been waiting for that moment. Once I hit that first shot, it took away all the jitters."
Junior Guard Kevin Ware (5) passes the ball in the second half of the game against Pikeville last night in the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky
Louisville beat Pikeville 90-61. Ware was given a standing ovation by a pumped-up crowd at the Yum Center.
Louisville Guard Chris Jones (3) goes up for a jumper in the second half of the game against University of Pikeville. Jones was the leading scorer for the Cards last night with 19 points.
Kevin Ware's public injury became a flash point for Cardinal Support during the 2013 NCAA Championship, with #winforware trending on twitter. According to the Courier Journal, Ware says "I just want to be treated like a regular basketball player. That's what I came to Louisville for. That's all I really want."
Louisville Guard Chris Jones (3) goes up for a layup in the second half of the matchup against Pikeville last night in the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville
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