Louisville 80, Providence 62

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:00 PM
Location - KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Officials - Pat Driscoll, Mike Eades, Brian O'Connell
Attendance - 21305

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Providence 31 31 62
Louisville 37 43 80

Recap


No. 4 Louisville 80, Providence 62: Russ Smith scored 23 points and the host Cardinals overcame a slow start to win their eighth consecutive game.

Center Gorgui Dieng added 11 points and 11 rebounds as Louisville (13-1, 1-0 Big East) handed the Friars (8-5, 0-1) their third consecutive loss and avenged a humbling 90-59 defeat at Providence last season.

Luke Hancock had 11 points and Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva added 10 points apiece for the Cardinals, who posted their ninth double-digit victory of the season.

Kadeem Batts scored 17 points and Bryce Cotton added 16 for the Friars, who came out firing from long range and scored the game's first eight points en route to an early 13-3 lead. The Cardinals fought back to tie it at 18 and used a 10-0 run to go ahead by double digits before settling for a 37-31 halftime lead.

Louisville applied the knockout punch midway through the second half, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Hancock and one from Smith in a 14-0 burst that pushed the lead to 67-47. Smith was 4-for-5 from long range.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Louisville improved to 7-0 all-time at home against Providence. ... Cotton, who entered the contest as the leading scorer in the Big East, returned to the lineup following a one-game absence due to a sore knee. ... Dieng, in his second game back since suffering a broken wrist on Nov. 23, had his second double-double of the season.

Providence Friars

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Bryce Cotton 40:00 6-13 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 1 3 0 16
Vincent Council 34:00 4-13 1-4 2-3 0 1 1 6 4 0 3 0 11
Josh Fortune 19:00 2-4 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 5 0 1 0 6
LaDontae Henton 40:00 3-10 1-5 0-0 6 5 11 2 2 0 4 0 7
Kadeem Batts 38:00 8-11 0-0 1-3 3 4 7 0 4 0 1 1 17
Kris Dunn 18:00 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 1 2 0 3 0 5
Brice Kofane 7:00 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Sidiki Johnson 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 25-56 8-20 4-9 10 20 30 11 19 1 16 1 62
  44.6% 40.0% 44.4% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 16

Louisville Cardinals

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Chane Behanan 24:00 5-11 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 4 1 1 10
Wayne Blackshear 14:00 3-6 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 6
Gorgui Dieng 36:00 5-6 0-0 1-3 4 7 11 3 3 1 2 4 11
Peyton Siva 32:00 2-6 0-2 6-6 1 2 3 8 4 1 1 0 10
Kevin Ware 19:00 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 0 3
Russ Smith 29:00 8-14 4-5 3-5 3 1 4 3 2 0 1 0 23
Luke Hancock 26:00 3-7 2-6 3-6 2 6 8 2 2 3 0 0 11
Montrezl Harrell 16:00 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 6
Stephan Van Treese 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 30-57 7-18 13-21 10 22 32 22 16 10 8 5 80
  52.6% 38.9% 61.9% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 8