Louisville shot 51.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three on its way to an 83-70 triumph over previously once-beaten Kent State Saturday at the KFC Yum Center.
Christen Cunningham was 5-of-6 from the field and led four Cardinals in double figures with 17 points. Dwayne Sutton (16), Jordan Nwora (13) and Malik Williams (13) also breached the 10-point mark.
After a nip and tuck opening 10 minutes, Louisville ended the first half on a 26-11 run that allowed it to carry a 17-point advantage into the locker room. Kent State never got closer than the 13-point margin where the game ended.
The Golden Flashes lost despite a Herculean effort from senior star Jaylin Walker. Walker, who entered the game as the 8th-leading scorer in the country, hit seven threes and scored a game-high 28 points. All but six of those points came in the second half.
Louisville now gets six days off before welcoming Robert Morris to town on Friday night.