Pitino 'shocked' by Henderson's 3-pointer attempts; Cards thrilled for local walk-on

04/06/2013 10:44 PM

(WITH REACTION VIDEO) — Russ Smith’s shooting was on-and-off all night. Peyton Siva was 0-5 from behind the arc. So Tim Henderson decided to shoot a few threes — the same Tim Henderson who was shooting .235 from three-point land in the total of 88 minutes he had played this season.

Those two threes helped the Cards claw back from a 12-point second-half deficit and jump-started UofL’s signature aggressive defense that, up to that point, had failed to contain Wichita State.

No one on the court admitted to being more surprised by Henderson than Coach Rick Pitino.

“The players said they weren’t surprised about him making those back-to-back threes. They’re being very kind. I was shocked — not shocked that he made them but that he had the gumption to take them,” Pitino said after the game. “That shows incredible fortitude for a young man who hasn’t played any minutes to go in and do that.”

Henderson’s teammates? They knew the Louisville native could come up clutch. Here’s the reaction from inside the Cards’ locker room:

The former Christian Academy star had played sparingly — just 88 minutes all season and had scored just 16 points. He was just 4-17 from behind the arc before Saturday night.

None were bigger than the two he hit mid-way through the second half on the way to Louisville’s 72-68 victory that sends them into the National Championship against Michigan.

- Video produced by Bradley McKee and Kenny Stevenson

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