LOUISVILLE 80, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 38
December 4, 2012
Wayne Blackshear led Louisville against College of Charleston
Louisville expected a strong challenge from College of Charleston Tuesday night on the road. Instead, the fifth-ranked Cardinals dominated throughout for an easy 80-39 victory over the Cougars.
Perhaps Louisville's best performance, the Cardinals placed four in double figures, forced 27 turnovers, including 18 steals and held College of Charleston to 34.8 percent shooting. One of the top three-point shooting teams, the Cougars hits just 2 of 15 3's.
Wayne Blackshear led Louisville with 18 points, while Russ Smith finished with 13 points. Peyton Siva tossed in 12 points, while Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware contributed 10 and 9 points, respectively.
"It's the best we've looked this year on defense. We worked on it all week." - Rick Pitino
"We tried to simulate their pressure yesterday in practice. Their length and strength is pretty impressive. It was a tough night for us. We never put them on their heels." Doug Wojcik
Louisville needed someone to step up at small forward and Wayne Blackshear did vs. College of Charleston. The talented sophomore didn't produce the past two games offensively, but scored 18 points in 21 minutes Tuesday. Blackshear was more assertive than he's been lately and added four rebounds, three steals and two assists. The sophomore made 3-7 3's, and 5-6 free throws.
College of Charleston never had a chance against Louisville's relentless pressure defense. Rick Pitino's Cards forced 27 turnovers, including 18 steals, to generate lots of easy points in transition. Peyton Siva led UofL with five steals, while Russ Smith added four.
The turning points came at the opening tip. Louisville held College of Charleston to three points in the first eight minutes of the game, opening a 12-3 edge that silenced a hostile crowd. The Cards never looked back. A 22-9 run to close the first half built the lead to 36-16 at the break and UofL eased to their seventh victory of the season.
27 - Louisville answered the bell in their first road test with strong defense, forcing 27 turnovers against College of Charleston Cougars. Those turnovers helped the Cardinals to an impressive 42 point win in a game that was never in doubt.
College of Charleston beat Baylor, which beat Kentucky last week. The point? CofC isn't as shaky as Louisville made them look Tuesday night on the road. The key for Louisville again was defense. CofC is one of the best three-point shooting teams in college basketball, and Louisville locked down the perimeter. The Cards forced tons of turnovers, converted in transition, and made 90 percent from the free throw line. 10 players scored for UofL, which won the battle on the boards by a 35-28 margin. Four of Louisville's five starters scored in double figures, including a breakout performance from SF Wayne Blackshear. Zach Price and Stephan Van Treese held their own in the middle, and the Cards keep on rolling.
Louisville plays Missouri-Kansas December 8 at the KFC Yum Center.