LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The third-ranked Louisville Cardinals blistered the nets for 68 percent shooting in the second half and pulled away for a 79-41 over the Morehead State Eagles Saturday (Nov. 22) evening at Freedom Hall.
Morehead State, now 0-4 on the season, led at times in the first half and trailed only 29-20 at halftime. But, Louisville hit 15 of its first 18 shots in the second half and spurted out to a commanding lead.
"They are ranked third in the nation for a reason," said MSU Coach Donnie Tyndall. "I thought in the first half we really competed. For 20 minutes, we did the right things. Their press wore us down in the second half.
"We made some progress and showed some improvement. We just have to take that into Sunday, because that game is going to be a huge game for us. I believe our team will be ready."
The Eagles will take on the loser of the South Alabama-Florida A&M contest in the consolation game of the Billy Minard Classic at 1:30 p.m. EST on Sunday. The USA-FAMU game was played late Saturday.
Freshman Samardo Samuels led Louisville with 18 points. Earl Clark had 13 points. Jerry Smith and Preston Knowles had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Leon Buchanan led MSU in scoring with 10 points. Maze Stallworth had nine points and three steals. Demonte Harper had eight points. Kenneth Faried had six points , and he and Louisville's Terrance Williams tied for game honors in rebounding with 11 each.
The Cardinals finished the game hitting 46.8 percent (29-of-62) field goal shooting to 29.0 percent (18-of-62) for MSU. U of L won the rebound battle, 42-to-38, and committed only nine turnovers to 17 for the Eagles. The Cardinals hit 13-of-18 free throws while MSU made its only two attempts.