LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Junior Earl Clark scored a career-high 27
points in his final home game and senior Terrence Williams added 14
points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as No. 6 Louisville raced by
Seton Hall 95-78 on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (24-5, 15-2 Big East) kept their hopes for at
least a share of the conference title alive by shooting 54 percent
from the field against the reeling Pirates (15-14, 6-11).
Louisville travels to West Virginia in the regular season finale
on Saturday and can win the title outright with a victory coupled
with a loss by No. 1 Connecticut to No. 3 Pittsburgh.
Robert Mitchell led Seton Hall with 24 points and Jeremy Hazell
added 18, but the Pirates had little answer for Louisville's
firepower while losing for the fifth time in six games.
Terrence Jennings added 14 points and six rebounds for the
Cardinals, but the night belonged to Clark, Williams and fellow
senior Andre McGee.
Clark, who said before the season he was heading to the NBA
despite having one more year of eligibility remaining, showcased
why he's high on most team's draft boards. He used his 6-foot-9
length to get wherever he wanted on the court, shooting 11-of-16
and adding two steals and an assist.
McGee, a role player known more for his defensive tenacity than
offensive prowess, scored 11 points in 23 energetic minutes.
The Pirates tried to play spoiler, but simply couldn't keep up.
Seton Hall made seven of its first eight shots and briefly led by
five points but couldn't match Louisville's length or depth. The
Pirates turned it over 18 times and shot just 39 percent in the
That wasn't nearly enough to slow down the Cardinals, who have
won six straight since an embarrassing 33-point loss to Notre Dame
With Clark leading the way, Louisville started the second half
on a 15-3 run to take a 66-43 lead. The Pirates got within 69-58 a
few moments later before the Cardinals used a 13-2 burst to put it
out of reach.
The only real question at the end was whether senior forward
Will Scott - a 3-point specialist who will study at Oxford in the
fall - would score. He managed a layup in the final minute as the
Ultimately, the loudest ovations were for Williams, who came to
Louisville four years ago as a physical gifted but raw talent but
has become one of the best all-around players in the country. He
put his versatility on display during one brilliant 10-second
stretch in the first half, blocking Seton Hall center John Garcia
at one end then grabbing an offensive rebound off a miss by Jerry
Smith and laying it in at the other.
McGee led the pregame cheer in the hallway, firing up his
teammates before ending it with one more request "I want to go to
Detroit baby," site of next month's Final Four.
It's a destination that seemed remote after a sluggish
nonconference schedule that included three ugly losses to Western
Kentucky, UNLV and Minnesota. Yet the Cardinals are right where
they wanted to be four months ago, heading into the last game of
the regular season with a shot at a conference championship.