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Pitino Tops Pitino To Capture Billy Minardi Classic Title


In college basketball's first meeting between father and son head coaches in 12 years, Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals topped Richard Pitino's Florida International Golden Panthers 79-55 inside the KFC Yum Center Wednesday night.

The victory moved the No. 5 Cardinals to 10-1, while FIU fell to 3-5 with the loss.

Quick hitters:

--Peyton Siva set a new career-high for made 3-pointers (5) and assists (12), and posted his first double-double since the season-opener against Manhattan. He was 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and did not attempt a two-point field goal. Siva was named Billy Minardi Classic MVP.

--Wayne Blackshear led all scorers with 18 points, matching the career-high he posted earlier this season against Charleston. Fifteen of Blackshear's points came in the first half. He was 4-for-8 from deep, and also finished with eight rebounds.

--Chane Behanan posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He finished 6-of-8 from the field.

--All but one of Louisville's 17 made field goals in the first half came off of assits. They finished the game with 23 assists and 31 made shots.

--The Louisville Cardinals are your 2012 Billy Minardi Classic champions. Take it to the printing press.

Here's your final box score: