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Pitino said Sosa briefly considered transferring before the coach convinced him to stay.
It worked out brilliantly, and just in time to salvage Louisville's disappointing nonconference schedule that included losses to Western Kentucky, Minnesota and the Runnin' Rebels.
Kentucky had its six-game winning streak snapped thanks to a familiar culprit: turnovers. The Wildcats, who were averaging 18.2 turnovers a game, gave it away 21 times, including six by Meeks.
Still, the Wildcats had nearly enough to pull off the miracle.
Kentucky trailed by as many as nine points before finally taking its first lead at 43-42 on a putback by Patterson less than 3 minutes into the second half.
The lead lasted all of three seconds.
Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie received a technical foul immediately after the basket, and the Cardinals responded by reeling off 12 straight points, including a three-point play by Sosa that made it 54-43. Williams hit a 3-pointer moments later to push it to 57-45.
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