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NCAA Game Summary - Houston at Louisville



(Thursday, January 16th)

Final Score: (18) Louisville 91, Houston 52

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 23 points and Russ Smith added 18 as No. 18 Louisville crushed Houston, 91-52, in a American Athletic Conference mismatch on Thursday.

The Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 AAC) made 11 of their 15 3-pointers in the first half, as they jumped out huge lead at the break and cruised from there.

Luke Hancock chipped in with 10 points, and Terry Rozier donated nine with eight assists to the winning cause.

"(This was) a really good night for us. Our enthusiasm was off the charts. We were ready to play from the moment the ball went up," beamed Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.

The Cougars (10-7, 2-2) welcomed back double-digit scorers Danuel House and L.J. Rose, but the duo combined to miss all 11 of their field goal attempts. TaShawn Thomas scored 16 points and Jherrod Stiggers had 14 in the setback.

The Cardinals accounted for 12 of the game's first 14 points before the first television timeout, then hit five 3-pointers over the next five minutes, with Tim Henderson's triple spawning a 9-0 run that stretched Louisville's lead to 34-14 near the midway point of the opening half.

"They really came out and they punched us in the mouth early and hard, and I thought they played a terrific game," Houston head coach James Dickey said of Louisville. "We did not respond...and we just didn't play with energy and they pounded us."

The difference was a staggering 29 points, 57-28, in the Cardinals' favor at the break thanks to the Cardinals making 70 percent of their shots and 11 of their 15 3-point attempts. Smith went 4-for-4 from long distance and led the way with 14 points.

The second half allowed Louisville to empty its bench, and Blackshear took advantage with a 14-point showing to finish off the blowout.

Game Notes

House had been out since Nov. 26 with a knee injury, and Rose was playing in his first game since Dec. 9 due to a foot injury ... Houston is 0-8 all-time in Louisville ... Louisville wound up shooting 51.5 percent overall and 15- of-28 from 3-point range ... Houston made 30.8 percent of its shots.

01/16 22:49:27 ET

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4th
ORL 70
CHA 78
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
4th
ORL 70
CHA 78
 
4th
BOS 96
GSW 98
 
4th
IND 77
PHI 66
 
4th
SAC 75
POR 87
 
3rd
LAL 61
OKC 70
 
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NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
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PETE 68
IONA 60
 
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RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
2nd
WAKE 53
PITT 59
 
Half
STAN 30
OREG 36
 
1st
OSU 17
PURD 14
 
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COL
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WASU
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
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PIT 5
CLB 3
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FLA 4
TAM 3
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WAS 1
TOR 0
 
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