Cards' Slide Continues

01/26/2013 01:42 PM

It wasn’t all that long ago that a lot of folks thought that Louisville was the best team in the country. But those days seem like an eternity now.
The Cards dropped their third straight game on Saturday, falling 53-51 at Georgetown. The pre-game story line was Coach Rick Pitino’s curious decision to bench leading scorer Russ Smith (18.7 ppg) in favor of Luke Hancock.
The Hoyas started off hot from three-point range, going 5-for-8 from beyond the arc in the first half. Still, UofL was in range, trailing only 33-29 at the break. The second half was an ugly display of offensive basketball, but the Cardinals still had plenty of chances to pull it out late. Smith scored eight of his 12 points in the second half to keep UofL in range. Louisville gain possession on a jump ball trailing 52-51 with 29 seconds left. Peyton Siva, the preseason Big East Player of the Year, dribbled the clock down to about three seconds before misfiring on an 18-foot jumper. Georgetown’s Otto Porter (17 points, 12 rebounds) grabbed the rebound and sank one of two foul shots for the final margin.
Siva, plagued by foul trouble for much of the game, finished the game scoreless with two assists and three turnovers. Hancock and Gorgui Dieng matched Smith with 12 points.
The Cards (16-4, 4-3 Big East) won’t have much time to dissect the latest setback. They return home to face Pittsburgh on Monday at 7 p.m.

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