Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No. 6 Louisville Cruises Past Virginia Tech

(6) Louisville 78
Virginia Tech 63

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Tuesday's 78-63 win against Virginia Tech showed what the Cardinals are capable of when their senior point guard is in a generous mood.

Chris Jones had a career-high 11 assists and Terry Rozier scored 16 points as No. 6 Louisville (15-2, 3-1, ACC) easily brushed off the Hokies (8-8, 0-3).

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said prior to Tuesday's game that Jones is ''the type of guy who always has his hands in the cookie jar, and if you allow his hands to go in the cookie jar, he'll take all the cookies.''

It was a comment meant to show a coach's watchful eye on a player prone to bad habits at times.

Jones made a concerted effort to set others up Tuesday after averaging 21 points in his last three games. Pitino still wants Jones to take open shots but pinned Louisville's improvement to the senior's improved decision-making.

''We're getting better, and I think it all stems from Chris Jones' willingness to be a leader and to be a point guard,'' Pitino said.

Louisville tied a season-high with 10 3-pointers and shot 48 percent from the field (31 of 65). Rozier hit 4 of 6 from behind the arc.

Wayne Blackshear added 15 points and Montrezl Harrell and Mangok Mathiang each had 11 points and 8 rebounds as the Cardinals bounced back from Saturday's 72-71 loss at North Carolina.

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