Louisville survives dogfight with St. Louis, advances to Sweet Sixteen

03/22/2014 04:39 PM

It was a rough, physical and totally ugly game, but Louisville turned on the boom in the second half to defeat No. 5 St. Louis 66-51. When the No. 4 Cards offense was slow starting, Luke Hancock got the game rolling for UofL hitting two three-pointers. The senior guard ended the game as the leading scorer with 21 points.

After losing the lead six minutes into the second half, Russ Smith hit a jumper and two free throws to stop the Billikens 9-0 run. Louisville followed that up a minute later with a 9-0 run of their own to build a 13-point lead. Smith ended the game with 11 points, 7 assists and 7 turnovers.

The Billikens came into the game making 30 percent of their three-pointers, but against Louisville, St. Louis went 0 for 15 from beyond the arc. Foul trouble sidelined St. Louis senior Rob Loe for a majority of the second half as UofL pulled away.

Louisville moves on to the Sweet Sixteen and gets a six-day break until their next game. Next Friday, the Cards will play the winner of the Kentucky-Wichita State game, two teams they have faced in the Final Four the past two years.

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