Monday, December 22, 2014

No. 4 Louisville Fights Past Western Kentucky on the Road, Harrell Ejected

(4) Louisville 76
Western Kentucky 67

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.

Not to mention some timely baskets and a career-high 32 points.

Rozier took charge after the first-half ejection of Montrezl Harrell to score 26 points in the second half and lead the Cardinals past Western Kentucky 76-67 on Saturday.

"We knew it was going to be tough playing without Trez," Rozier said after making 9 of 16 from the field and 11 of 13 from the foul line. "It was big losing him, so we all had to step up. I wasn't the only one making shots. We all did something."

Rozier closed Louisville's scoring with five free throws down the stretch that followed three 3-pointers to quash the Hilltoppers' hopes of seizing momentum following Harrell's exit with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first half. The preseason first-team All-American was assessed a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow following a shoving match after a loose ball scramble.

After the officials reviewed video, Harrell was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Western Kentucky's D.J. Clayton received a technical foul, along with technicals issued to both benches.

Harrell departed with 14 points and six rebounds and apologized to his teammates at halftime. He was remorseful after the game and said his outburst "was spur of the moment. It was a heated situation in a dog pile and it took a turn for the worst, honestly. It was just a bad day. ... I know I shouldn't have reacted in that way and I'm truly sorry and apologize for the way I reacted."

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