Monday, November 24, 2014

No. 7 Louisville Runs Past Marshall University

(7) Louisville 85
Marshall 67

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The conditions were in place for Louisville to struggle.

The No. 7 Cardinals missed their first 13 3-pointers and All-America forward Montrezl Harrell was in foul trouble.

Instead, the defense sparked a comfortable 85-67 win against Marshall on Friday night as Louisville forced 21 turnovers, including 13 steals, in overcoming a poor shooting night.

"I thought we fell into a jump-shooting contest with them that I figure they won," said Chris Jones, who led Louisville with 18 points. "But I'm glad our offense is built from our defense. As long as we play defense we know we'll win games."

Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 17 and forward Wayne Blackshear had 16 points, 12 in the first half, for the Cardinals (3-0).

Harrell sat most of the second half with four fouls. He went to the bench 2 1/2 minutes after the break with Louisville up 43-31 and returned with 5:47 left and the Cardinals ahead by 13.

Freshman Chinanu Onuaku and sophomore Mangok Mathiang earned praise from Louisville coach Rick Pitino while filling in for Harrell. Each grabbed 11 rebounds. Onauku added 10 points to earn his second straight double-double.

"I thought Mangok and Nanu were both terrific," Pitino said. "They understood the game plan very well, and that's why we didn't lose the lead. That's why we enhanced the lead. . They knew that rebounding was crucial and they did their job."

Senior forward Shawn Smith led the Thundering Herd (3-1) with 16 points.

Louisville shot 27 of 70 (39 percent). The Cardinals started only 7 for 23 and missed all 10 of their 3s in the first half. They finished 3 of 22 from behind the 3-point line.

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