No.4 Cardinals skate past Friars in Big East opener

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Updated: January 2, 2013

Russ Smith netted 23 points and No. 4 Louisville downed Providence, 80-62 victory, in the Big East opener for both teams.

Gorgui Dieng supplied 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Cardinals
(13-1, 1-0 Big East), who were coming off a home win against Kentucky on
Saturday.

Luke Hancock provided 11 points, eight boards and three steals in the triumph.

Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively, for
Providence (8-5, 0-1), which has dropped three consecutive games.