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Louisville cruises past Western Kentucky, 78-56

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Louisville held a Western Kentucky team that had been averaging just under 80 points per game and nine 3-pointers per game to 58 points and just 2-of-16 from beyond the arc in a 22-point victory Saturday at the KFC Yum Center.

Quentin Snider led four Cardinals in double figures with 16 points to go along with a team-high 4 assists. Trey Lewis (15) and Damion Lee (15) provided additional scoring, while Chinanu Onuaku notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

After trailing by 18 at the break, Western Kentucky made things interesting early in the second half by opening with a flurry that briefly trimmed the Louisville advantage to 7. Lee responded with six points and an assist to Ray Spalding for a dunk to get the lead back to a comfortable 14. U of L cruised from that point.

The win gives Louisville, which has now won seven straight over the 'Tops, a 40-39 lead over Western Kentucky in the all-time series between the two programs. It is the first time the Cards have held the advantage over their in-state foes since 1932.

Here's your final box score:

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Ben Lawson, F 4-7 0-0 0-1 0 4 4 1 0 3 1 3 8
Justin Johnson, F 3-7 0-0 4-5 1 5 6 2 0 0 2 2 10
Fredrick Edmond, G 7-10 0-0 0-2 4 4 8 1 0 0 1 3 14
Aaron Cosby, G 2-10 1-6 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 7
Chris McNeal, G 0-4 0-3 2-4 2 5 7 4 0 0 4 0 2
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Anton Waters, F 0-2 0-1 0-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 0
Nigel Snipes, F 2-5 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 4
Aleksej Rostov, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Marlon Hunter, G 2-2 0-0 2-2 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 6
Chris Harrison-Docks, G 2-6 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 5
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
22-53 2-18 10-20 10 25 35 12 6 3 16 16 56
41.5% 11.1% 50.0%
Louisville Cardinals
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Chinanu Onuaku, C 5-8 0-0 0-0 7 5 12 0 1 2 2 4 10
Raymond Spalding, F 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 3 6
Damion Lee, F 4-12 2-5 5-7 0 6 6 3 4 0 1 1 15
Quentin Snider, G 5-14 3-3 3-4 2 2 4 4 0 0 2 3 16
Trey Lewis, G 7-11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 3 3 15
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Mangok Mathiang, C 0-3 0-0 3-6 1 4 5 1 0 1 1 2 3
Jaylen Johnson, F 4-8 0-1 0-0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 8
Donovan Mitchell, G 2-4 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 1 5
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
30-65 7-14 11-18 15 25 40 14 8 4 11 19 78
46.2% 50.0% 61.1%

Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None - TEAMS: None

Postgame comments from Rick Pitino and an update on Mangok Mathiang's foot injury coming shortly.