Swansea were unfortunate to lose a breathless match in which the scoreline may have ultimately flattered the victorious Cardiff side.
The team, wore “Get well Leo” t-shirts in the warm-up in hope of a quick and full recovery for club president Leo Gould, were cheered on by a large and loud Swansea support.
Swansea started well, moving the ball quickly and shooting well, and held a narrow 16-15 lead going into the second quarter.
But as in the intensity of the game began to increase, this lead was overturned by Cardiff who found themselves 34-31 up at half time.
In the third quarter, Swansea’s shooting began to falter and Cardiff’s excellent ball retention allowed them to capitalise and extend their lead to 53-41 with just 10 minutes to play.
Some good shooting from both sides in the closing stages made for a thrilling final quarter.
But the tiring Swansea side were never able to get within less than six points of Cardiff, whose late flurry of baskets added some gloss to the scoreline.
Swansea captain Daniel Buttifant was pleased with his team’s start, but admitted the pace of the game had got to his players.
“I thought we started off quickly and strongly, but we tired towards the end of the game, lost a bit of heart and our heads dropped.”
Cardiff’s captain Anthony Olowo was pleased with the result, but was full of praise for Swansea’s efforts.
“Swansea battled really hard and it was a really good game to play in,” he said.
“I just think in the second half we found our range with our shooting.”
Swansea University 1sts 60-76 Cardiff University 1sts