Louisville 77, Houston 62
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[February 06, 2014]
No. 10 Louisville 77, Houston 62: Russ
Smith recorded 17 points and six assists as the Cardinals defeated the
Cougars to remain unbeaten on the road in American Athletic Conference
Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock each scored 15 points as
Louisville (19-4, 8-2 AAC) improved to 19-0 against unranked
opponents and 5-0 away from home in the league. Chris Jones added 14
points and five steals for the Cardinals, who shot 55.6 percent from
TaShawn Thomas and Jherrod Stiggers registered 14 points apiece to
lead Houston (11-12, 3-7), which lost its fifth consecutive contest.
Danuel House chipped in with 11 points and Thomas added a game-high
eight rebounds for the Cougars, who made only 13-of-23 free throws.
Smith drained a pair of 3-pointers to highlight an 17-3 run that
turned a tied game into a comfortable lead for Louisville in the
first half. The Cardinals made 16-of-23 from the field and 6-of-10
from behind the 3-point arc in the opening 20 minutes to lead by as
many as 21 before settling for a 45-26 edge at intermission.
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Louisville pushed its lead to 23 quickly in the second half before
Houston battled back within 57-46 with under 10 minutes left after a
3-pointer by Stiggers. The Cougars pulled to within 62-53 before
Jones drained a 3-pointer and foul-line jumper back-to-back and the
Cardinals had the cushion they needed.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Louisville F Wayne Blackshear, who recorded a
career-high 23 points against Houston three weeks ago, missed the
game due to a concussion. … It was Guy V. Lewis Night at Houston as
the Cougars honored their former coach, who was inducted into the
Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. … The Cardinals lead the all-time
series 15-5, including 10 victories in the last 11 meetings — two
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