Monday, February 2, 2015

Montrezl Harrell, No. 10 Louisville Complete Incredible Comeback to Knock Off North Carolina in Overtime

(10) Louisville 78
(13) North Carolina 68 F/OT

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A few weeks after North Carolina shocked Louisville by rallying from a double-digit deficit, the Cardinals returned the favor.

Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 22 points after halftime and No. 10 Louisville rallied from a 18-point second half deficit to beat No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 on Saturday night.

Harrell also added 15 rebounds in a performance North Carolina coach Roy Williams described as ''possessed.''

''It seemed like he got every rebound and ran the floor, posted our guys up,'' Williams said of the North Carolina native.

Terry Rozier scored the first six points in overtime for Louisville (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to complete the comeback but said Harrell's play put the team in position for the improbable win.

''It was like we were desperate for a bucket, desperate to get something going,'' said Rozier, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. ''Trez got us going. We fed off his energy. He did a good job of just talking to us, bringing us in. His energy was just through the roof.''

Rozier's sweeping layup 43 seconds into overtime gave Louisville (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 62-60 lead, its first since four minutes into the game. Two free throws following a Kennedy Meeks layup again put the Cardinals up and his 15-footer with 2:43 remaining gave Louisville the lead for good as Louisville scored 10 straight to take a 76-64 lead.

Harrell showed he doesn't have to be a captain to carry the Cardinals. The preseason All-America forward stepped down as a co-captain prior to Louisville's Jan. 25 win at Pitt, a move Louisville coach Rick Pitino said was Harrell's decision due in part to being too harsh on the work ethic of younger players.

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