Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No. 6 Louisville Holds Savannah State Scoreless for 16 Minutes On Way to Lopsided Win

(6) Louisville 87
Savannah State 26

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 6 Louisville jumped to a 29-0 lead over the first 15:58 against Savannah State en route to an 87-26 victory Monday night.

"I thought our zone-man was very good, and the other team just had one of those nights where they could not hit a shot," Pitino said after the Cardinals (4-0) held Savannah State (2-3) to 19.6 percent shooting (10 of 51) and forced 26 turnovers for 22 points.

"They are not as bad as they played tonight. It was just one of those unfortunate things for them."

The Cardinals had a lot to do with that misfortune, and for a while they seemed headed toward to pitching the NCAA's first shutout in a half since Duke led North Carolina 7-0 at halftime on Feb. 24, 1979, according to STATS. But Saadiq Muhammad's free throw with 4:02 remaining before halftime provided the Tigers' first point and Khalen Pinkett's jumper with 1:23 left ended their 0-for-23 shooting drought.

Savannah State trailed 41-7 at the break behind 2-of-26 shooting (7.7 percent) as Louisville allowed its fewest points in a half since 1972-73, the farthest back the school could check statistics. San Francisco (December 2010) and Cincinnati (March 1981) each scored 11 points.

"We thought we were going to keep them down to zero for the first half, but we didn't," said Cardinals forward Wayne Blackshear, who scored 13 points. "We always talk about it in the game. We always say. `Don't let them score here or something.' "

The Tigers' total still was the fewest by a Cardinals opponent since a 20-13 win over Georgetown College on Feb. 4, 1947.

Terry Rozier had 11 and Chinanu Onuaku 10 with nine rebounds for the Cardinals.

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