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Louisville Rolls Past Connecticut To Claim AAC Title

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Joe Murphy

For the third straight year, the Louisville Cardinals will enter the NCAA Tournament coming off a victory.

Louisville captured its third straight conference tournament championship by defeating Connecticut 71-61 to claim the American Athletic title. The Huskies, who beat U of L in the 2011 Big East championship game, are still the last team to defeat the Cardinals in a league tournament game.

Montrezl Harrell continued his dominance of Connecticut by scoring a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Russ Smith, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, added 19. Smith also registered five steals to tie Peyton Siva for the most all-time in U of L history.

U of L's 19th conference tournament title may have been its most dominant. The Cardinals trailed for a grand total of 27 seconds and won their three games by a total of 100 points.

Much more later, but for now, here's your championship box score:

Connecticut Huskies
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Niels Giffey, F 3-7 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 4 7
DeAndre Daniels, F 7-13 1-2 2-4 3 7 10 3 0 1 3 4 17
Phillip Nolan, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ryan Boatright, G 3-10 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 1 1 1 7
Shabazz Napier, G 4-12 2-7 6-7 2 2 4 3 0 0 1 4 16
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Amida Brimah, C 7-10 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 2 1 2 1 4 14
Leon Tolksdorf, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lasan Kromah, G 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 0
Omar Calhoun, G 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
24-54 4-16 9-13 10 25 35 14 3 5 13 20 61
44.4% 25.0% 69.2%
Louisville Cardinals
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Stephan Van Treese, F 0-0 0-0 4-4 4 4 8 3 2 0 0 2 4
Luke Hancock, F 1-8 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 4
Montrezl Harrell, F 9-14 0-0 4-6 2 9 11 1 0 3 2 1 22
Russ Smith, G 7-18 1-3 4-6 0 1 1 3 5 0 1 2 19
Chris Jones, G 4-11 1-3 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 2 11
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Mangok Mathiang, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Terry Rozier, G 3-7 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 7
Wayne Blackshear, G 1-3 1-2 1-2 1 4 5 0 0 0 1 3 4
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
25-61 5-16 16-22 16 23 39 11 8 3 9 15 71
41.0% 31.3% 72.7%

Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 1 CONNECTICUT ( Napier 1 ), 1 LOUISVILLE ( Jones 1 ) - TEAMS: None