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Smith's 27 Points Lead Louisville To 87-70 Win Over Central Florida

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Andy Lyons

In one of the stranger games of the season, Louisville bounced back from its Thursday night loss to Cincinnati by dealing visiting Central Florida an 87-70 defeat and sweeping the season series with the Knights.

It looked like the Cards taking out their frustrations on the Knights was going to be the theme of the evening early on, as Louisville quickly jumped out to a 20-6 lead. The narrative changed quickly to a potential post-loss hangover, as U of L let UCF get the lead down to five before scoring the final five points of the first half.

Louisville never seemed in trouble of letting the game get away from them during the final 20 minutes, but they also didn't exactly put their proverbial foot on the proverbial gas...proverbially. Like I said, weird game.

Russ Smith led all scorers with 27 points, while Luke Hancock (16), Montrezl Harrell (14) and Wayne Blackshear (10) also scored in double figures.

Here's your final box score:


UCF Knights
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Isaiah Sykes, F 30 2-12 0-0 4-7 4 7 11 1 1 1 4 4 8
Staphon Blair, F 24 1-3 0-0 2-2 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 3 4
Matt Williams, G 14 2-6 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 5
Brandon Goodwin, G 7 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Calvin Newell, G 35 4-9 0-2 4-6 1 2 3 4 1 0 4 3 12
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Eugene McCrory, F 13 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
Tristan Spurlock, F 28 6-9 3-6 5-5 2 2 4 0 0 1 2 4 20
Kasey Wilson, F 22 3-7 2-4 3-4 4 4 8 1 0 1 2 3 11
Daiquan Walker, G 26 3-5 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 8
Steven Haney, G 1 0-1 0-1 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
21-55 6-19 22-30 16 22 38 8 3 3 16 23 70
38.2% 31.6% 73.3%
Louisville Cardinals
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Luke Hancock, F 29 5-9 1-4 5-7 1 3 4 5 1 0 0 5 16
Wayne Blackshear, F 31 4-8 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 2 1 0 1 2 10
Montrezl Harrell, C 31 6-12 0-0 2-4 3 4 7 0 0 2 2 2 14
Russ Smith, G 29 9-14 2-5 7-10 0 5 5 2 2 0 3 2 27
Terry Rozier, G 20 2-6 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 4 4
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Mangok Mathiang, F 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Akoy Agau, F 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephan Van Treese, F 22 3-4 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 6
David Levitch, G 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anton Gill, G 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones, G 23 2-7 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 2 7
Tim Henderson, G 10 1-1 1-1 0-2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 3
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
32-62 7-19 16-25 13 22 35 15 7 3 9 24 87
51.6% 36.8% 64.0%