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Louisville Waits For The 'Boom,' Then Blows Out Hofstra

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Andy Lyons

After a hot-shooting Hofstra team made the first six minutes of the second half an unpleasant experience for Louisville fans, the Cards unleashed a 35-2 (THIRTY-FIVE TO TWO) run to make their first game in the Hall of Fame Tipoff a laugher.

Russ Smith scored 30 points (1 shy of matching his career-high), while Chris Jones added 20 points, seven assists and no turnovers in the 97-69 win. Montrezl Harrell added 19 points, which included a 5-for-5 performance at the free-throw line.

Through two games, Louisville has now forced 43 turnovers and given the ball up themselves just eight times. That is good.

I've been up for about 30 hours now and have a couple more left in me, so for now I'm going to have to hit you with a box score and be on my way:

Hofstra Pride
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jordan Allen, F 21 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 4 2
Moussa Kone, F 18 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 3 4
Zeke Upshaw, G 30 6-13 3-5 2-2 1 5 6 1 0 0 1 1 17
Dion Nesmith, G 40 8-15 5-7 3-5 1 0 1 6 1 0 5 3 24
Jamall Robinson, G 35 4-10 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 5 4 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Stephen Nwaukoni, F 17 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 9 9 0 0 1 2 4 2
Darren Payen, F 11 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 1 0 0 4 0 0
Chris Jenkins, G 27 3-10 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 9
Adam Savion, G 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
25-55 14-25 5-7 9 26 35 10 1 1 22 22 69
45.5% 56.0% 71.4%
Louisville Cardinals
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Stephan Van Treese, F 26 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 1 0
Montrezl Harrell, F 26 7-9 0-0 5-5 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 3 19
Russ Smith, G 25 12-22 5-12 1-1 2 1 3 5 2 0 1 3 30
Wayne Blackshear, G 23 3-6 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 2 0 1 9
Chris Jones, G 25 7-13 1-4 5-7 0 1 1 7 4 0 0 3 20
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Chane Behanan, F 14 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
Luke Hancock, F 15 2-4 2-4 2-3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 8
Mangok Mathiang, F 14 0-2 0-0 2-4 4 0 4 2 0 0 1 1 2
Terry Rozier, G 19 2-4 1-3 0-0 0 5 5 3 0 0 0 0 5
Anton Gill, G 8 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Tim Henderson, G 3 0-1 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
David Levitch, G 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
35-68 12-31 15-24 13 21 34 19 10 3 5 15 97
51.5% 38.7% 62.5%

More after a lengthy slumber.