Louisville took the "boom" effect to another level on Saturday, turning a game with Louisiana Lafayette that was close throughout the first half into a 113-74 laugher.
"We wanted to wear them out," Rick Pitino said after the game. "Mission accomplished."
The 113 points scored by the Cardinals was a season-high as well as a KFC Yum Center high. It was one point shy of matching the highest total of the Pitino era.
Montrezl Harrell scored a team-high 20 points to lead six Cardinals in double figures. Chris Jones (19), Russ Smith (16), Wayne Blackshear (15), Terry Rozier (11) and Luke Hancock (10) also breached the 10-point mark.
--Luke Hancock's 10 points this afternoon left him with 1,000 for his college career. Because a chunk of those points were scored during his time at George Mason, Hancock does not figure into Louisville's total of 1,000-point scorers.
--Peyton Siva Sr. made a triumphant return to the Yum Center, sporting a Peyton Siva Jr. Detroit Pistons jersey with no sleeves underneath...per usual.
--After challenging the junior earlier in the week, Pitino said Wayne Blackshear played his best game of the season on Saturday. Blackshear was extremely aggressive, as evidenced by his 9-of-10 performance from the free-throw line. He also came away with a team-high four steals to go with five rebounds.
--David Levitch: 1 point, 2 boards. We're not even two weeks away from Christmas and I'm already fat off of all this Holiday Levitch.
--Kevin Ware played just 1 minute and seems to be back in Rick Pitino's doghouse. "Kevin did something I don't like and he's going to sit a while," the coach said after the game.
--Another season of WHAS broadcasts in the books. Another season of WHAS broadcasts without Drew Deener saying "penis" on the air.
--Terry Rozier hit five of six shots and handed out a career-high six assists. The Derby City's collective crush continues to blossom.
--TACOS FOR DAYS.
--This was easily the most energy we've seen from Mangok Mathiang, who grabbed six rebounds and blocked four shots, but really did a lot more than what shows up in the box score.
--For the first time since he's been here, Montrezl Harrell buried an outside jumper and looked like a legitimate shooter while doing it. That could be a huge development.
--The Cards connected on just 4-of-18 three-point attempts, but shot a season-best 71.4 percent from inside the arc.
--The U of L players now turn their attention to finals week before next Saturday's game against Western Kentucky.
Here's your final box score:
|Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns|
|Elridge Moore, F||14||0-2||0-0||2-4||3||2||5||0||1||0||4||3||2|
|Shawn Long, F||29||11-19||2-5||1-2||3||2||5||0||0||0||3||5||25|
|Kevin Brown, G||20||1-2||1-2||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||2||3|
|Steven Wronkoski, G||34||4-6||2-4||0-0||1||1||2||1||0||0||1||1||10|
|Elfrid Payton, G||35||3-11||0-2||6-10||4||1||5||10||2||0||5||3||12|
|Luka Kamber, F||3||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Vieux Kande, C||5||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|J.J. Davenport, C||6||2-4||0-0||0-0||2||0||2||0||0||0||1||1||4|
|Hayward Register, G||4||0-4||0-4||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Xavian Rimmer, G||21||0-3||0-0||0-0||1||1||2||1||1||0||1||4||0|
|Kasey Shepherd, G||29||5-10||4-8||4-4||1||4||5||0||0||0||2||1||18|
|Montrezl Harrell, F||21||9-10||0-0||2-3||5||3||8||0||1||2||1||0||20|
|Mangok Mathiang, F||21||1-1||0-0||4-5||2||4||6||2||0||4||1||4||6|
|Russ Smith, G||22||6-11||0-3||4-4||1||2||3||1||3||0||2||2||16|
|Wayne Blackshear, G||20||2-6||2-4||9-10||1||4||5||0||4||0||1||3||15|
|Chris Jones, G||23||8-16||1-5||2-3||1||1||2||2||0||0||2||3||19|
|Akoy Agau, F||6||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Chane Behanan, F||15||3-3||0-0||1-1||1||2||3||1||0||0||0||1||7|
|Stephan Van Treese, F||14||2-3||0-0||1-2||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||2||5|
|Luke Hancock, F||20||2-5||0-3||6-6||0||2||2||2||1||2||1||2||10|
|Tim Henderson, G||6||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Terry Rozier, G||23||5-6||1-2||0-0||2||2||4||6||0||0||0||1||11|
|Anton Gill, G||5||0-0||0-0||3-4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|David Levitch, G||3||0-0||0-0||1-2||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Kevin Ware, G||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|