Wkentucky 28 35 63
Louisville 31 48 79
Date of game: 12/14/2013

Recap: Louisville vs. Western Ky

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Russ Smith led with 14 points and 10 assists as the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 79-63, in the Bill Minardi Classic at the KFC Yum! Center.

Smith was one of five Louisville (9-1) scorers in double digits. Mangok Mathiang had 13, Wayne Blackshear and Tim Henderson each contributed 12, and Chane Behanan had 11 coming off the bench.

"The great thing about this game was that it looked like it was going to be a low scoring game ... a possession kind of game, which is what they wanted," said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "But then, the second half was totally different and came into our favor with us hitting good shots, playing good defense and rebounding well."

Henderson scored all 12 of his points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc for the Cardinals, who are winners of four straight.

T.J. Price had a game-high 22 points to pace the Hilltoppers (5-4), who have lost two of their last three.

"Obviously, this was the defending national champion. I thought the first half we did some really good things. We dictated tempo. We did not rebound the basketball like we needed to, or we could have been up six or seven, but we didn't do that," said Western Kentucky head coach Ray Harper.

Louisville was without their second leading scorer, Chris Jones, due to a sprained wrist. After leading by only three at the break, the Cardinals dominated the second half.

Smith made a layup and Henderson hit an early 3-pointer to make it 36-28 Louisville. After Trency Jackson's triple, the Cardinals went on a 9-2 run that was highlighted by a Montrezl Harris dunk and a Smith 3 to make it a 45-33 game 4 1/2 minutes into the second half.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 66-46 lead after outscoring the Hilltoppers 16-2 over a six-minute span to all but put the game away.

George Fant grabbed a missed Jackson jumper and tipped it in for a 14-13 WKU lead nearly 10 minutes into the first half, though Blackshear hit back-to-back 3's late in the half to make it 31-28 for Louisville heading into halftime.

Game Notes

Jackson and Chris Harrison-Docks played in their first game for the Hilltoppers. Jackson transferred from Texas Tech, while Harrison-Docks transferred from Butler ... The Cardinals have won five straight and have a 27-18 advantage in games played in Louisville over Western Kentucky ... Louisville scored six fastbreak points, while Western Kentucky had none.

Three RBs added to Payton Award Watch List

Five weeks into the FCS season, the picture of which players stand out above the rest in terms of both statistics and value is coming into focus.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.