Louisville’s offense erupts in rout of Louisiana

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Updated: December 7, 2013

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and
Chris Jones added 19, leading seventh-ranked Louisville to a 113-74 rout of
Louisiana at the KFC Yum! Center.

Russ Smith chipped in 16 points and Wayne Blackshear netted 15 for Louisville
(8-1), which has won three straight since a 93-84 loss to North Carolina on
Nov. 24. The Cardinals, who had scored at least 90 points three times
previously this season, last reached 100 in a 104-101 five-overtime loss to
Notre Dame last February.

Louisville set a KFC Yum! Center scoring mark and posted its highest scoring
output since a 114-82 thumping of Western Kentucky on Dec. 22, 2010. The
Cardinals shot 61.3 percent overall, dominating inside thanks to a 9-for-10
effort from Harrell, who also had a game-high eight rebounds.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who has been down on his team’s defense, said
the only way the Cardinals can win is to score a lot of points.

“I think we’re a very good offensive basketball team, but let’s not get
carried away,” said Pitino. “I think this team just tried to stay out of foul
trouble with the pick-and-rolls and just gave us layups.”

Shawn Long scored 25 points for Louisiana (6-3), which had won four in a row
since an 87-68 loss to nationally ranked Baylor.

Louisiana coach Bob Marlin said playing the reigning national champions was a
“great opportunity” for his team.

“We have been playing with some confidence,” he said. “We came in and I
thought we showed it in the first half. We shot the ball well. The second
half, we just didn’t defend.”

Louisville raced out to a 16-5 advantage just five minutes into the contest
and led 23-12 after a Chane Behanan three-point play, but Louisiana rallied
with a 9-2 run and pulled within 25-21 on a three by Steven Wronkoski.

The Ragin’ Cajuns came all the way back and took their first lead at 34-32 on
a layup by Long with just under seven minutes left in the half, but the
Cardinals used an 11-0 run shortly afterward to again assume control.

Harrell’s dunk ignited the burst and tied the game at 41-41 before Jones
scored the last five to make it 50-41. Two free throws by Luke Hancock in the
final minute sent Louisville to the break with a 54-47 lead.

The Cardinals opened the second half with the first six points to extend the
margin to 13 and the Cajuns got only as close as eight from there. After
Long’s dunk made it 62-54, Louisville scored the next 13 points to put it
away.

A pair of Smith free throws made it a 30-point game, 94-64, with just under
nine minutes remaining, and a dunk by Harrell with 7:38 to play allowed the
Cardinals to reach the century mark.

Game Notes

The Cardinals held a 60-34 advantage in the paint … Louisville connected on
only 4-of-18 from beyond the arc, but made 33-of-40 from the foul line … The
Cardinals owned a 41-29 edge on the boards … Kasey Shepherd scored 18 points
for Louisiana, while Wronkoski finished with 10 and Elfrid Payton chipped in
12 points with 10 assists in defeat … Louisville committed just eight
turnovers and scored 32 points off 17 Louisiana miscues … The previous
scoring record at the KFC Yum! Center was set in a 106-65 victory over
Chattanooga on Nov. 22, 2010 … Louisville improved to 9-0 all-time against
Louisiana.