Boxscore
Louisville 78, Western Kentucky 55
Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:30 PM
Location - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Officials - Brent Hampton, Doug Shows, Michael Stewart
Attendance - 10728

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Western Kentucky 22 33 55
Louisville 40 38 78

Recap


No. 4 Louisville 78, Western Kentucky 55:
Sophomore Wayne Blackshear had 17 points and matched a career-high with eight rebounds, and the Cardinals shut down the Hilltoppers in Nashville, Tenn., for their sixth straight victory

Russ Smith scored 20 points for Louisville (11-1), which had 10 steals after entered the game third in the nation at 11.9 and forced 18 turnovers. Chane Behanan added 14 points and seven rebounds while freshman Montrezl Harrell added 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

Brandon Harris led Western Kentucky with 14 points and seven rebounds, but was 5-of-18 shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers (8-5) have lost three straight after a six-game winning streak.

The Cardinals flustered the Hilltoppers with pressure defense, which produced six steals among Western Kentucky's 12 turnovers in the first half as Louisville used a 19-2 run to take a 40-22 lead at the break. The Cardinals also limited the Hilltoppers to 29.6 percent shooting - 3-for-11 from 3-point range - before intermission.

Western Kentucky got as close as 50-38 after George Fant's jumper with 9:08 to go, but a 10-4 run ended any hopes of a comeback. Smith scored 10 straight Louisville points, capping his personal run when he was fouled while throwing down a thunderous dunk which sent the crowd into a frenzy. His ensuing free throw put Louisville ahead 76-51 with 1:43 remaining.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Louisville PG Peyton Siva had five points and five assists before fouling out with 4:03 remaining. ... Western Kentucky fell to 6-25 against top five teams. ... The Cardinals have won four straight meetings, and 21 of the last 24.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Brandon Harris 39:00 5-18 4-11 0-1 0 7 7 3 2 3 5 0 14
George Fant 29:00 5-10 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 1 5 0 1 1 11
T.J. Price 8:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2
Percy Blade 27:00 0-1 0-1 3-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 3
Teeng Akol 13:00 1-2 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 3 1 2
Aleksejs Rostov 8:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
O'Karo Akamune 26:00 0-4 0-0 3-6 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 0 3
Kevin Kaspar 9:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Eddie Alcantara 20:00 3-6 0-2 5-6 4 2 6 0 2 0 2 0 11
Kene Anyigbo 7:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2
Stephon Drane 14:00 3-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 7
Spence Sheldon 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 19-49 4-16 13-22 11 19 30 4 20 5 18 2 55
  38.8% 25.0% 59.1% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 18

Louisville Cardinals

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Peyton Siva 29:00 1-6 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 5 5 2 1 0 5
Stephan Van Treese 17:00 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 2 1 1 3
Russ Smith 25:00 4-11 1-4 11-13 1 4 5 2 3 2 4 0 20
Chane Behanan 34:00 6-12 0-0 2-3 2 5 7 0 0 1 2 0 14
Wayne Blackshear 31:00 7-12 3-6 0-0 3 5 8 1 3 1 0 0 17
Montrezl Harrell 27:00 5-5 0-0 3-6 2 4 6 0 3 1 0 4 13
Luke Hancock 16:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0
Kevin Ware 19:00 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 6
Zach Price 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Henderson 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-53 5-14 19-27 10 23 33 10 20 10 12 5 78
  50.9% 35.7% 70.4% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 12