#20 Louisville Handed First Loss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Gerald Colds scored 20 points and Drexel
stunned No. 20 Louisville 52-46 on Tuesday night, handing the
Cardinals their first loss in their new downtown arena.
Chris Fouch added 10 points for the Dragons (7-1), who ended
Louisville's best start in 14 years by slowing the tempo and
turning up the pressure on both ends of the court.
The Cardinals (8-1) shot 32 percent and were outrebounded 46-26
as the Dragons made all the little plays in a taut second half.
Preston Knowles and Peyton Siva led Louisville with 13 points
each but the Cardinals made must one field goal over the final 8:30
as the Dragons posted their first win over a Top 25 team since
2006.
Louisville had eight straight wins at the KFC Yum! Center to
start the season and enter the rankings. It ended in a dismal
performance that exposed some of the flaws the Cardinals had masked
so well during their hot start.
Drexel repeatedly beat the Cardinals to loose balls and
controlled the glass to overcome 22 turnovers and an ice-cold
12-for-25 performance at the free throw line.
Louisville wasn't any better. The Cardinals also went 12 for 25
at the line and could muster little halfcourt offense.
Still, Louisville appeared to be in control when a 3-pointer by
Knowles gave the Cardinals a 33-26 lead with 17 minutes to play.
Yet Louisville squandered numerous opportunities to blow it
open, and Drexel made Louisville pay by hanging around and getting
to the rim with regularity.
Samme Givens gave Drexel a 43-42 lead on a layup and the Dragons
slowly - very slowly - extended it.
Louisville had its chances in the final minutes. The Cardinals
missed 11 of their final 12 shots, including a 3-pointer by Mike
Marra that would have tied it at 47.
It was enough to let the Dragons hold on. They chased down a
couple of key offensive rebounds in the last 3 minutes to extend
possessions and keep Louisville working on defense.
Drexel held the Cardinals 36 points below their season average
to beat a ranked team for the first time since beating then-No. 23
Syracuse in 2006.
The Dragons succeeded in doing what most of Louisville's early
season opponents have failed to accomplish: slow down the
Cardinals.
Drexel made Louisville consistently burn 20-25 seconds off the
shot clock, denying the Cardinals open 3-point looks and
challenging them to drive the ball.
It worked, at least in the first half. The Cardinals were
hamstrung in the middle when centers Terrence Jennings and Gorgui
Dieng both picked up two quick fouls. Siva provided a spark during
a 13-1 run that gave Louisville a 22-17 lead, but the Dragons ended
the half with an 8-1 burst capped by a 3-pointer from Fouch just
before the horn.
It marked Louisville's lowest scoring half of the season and a
sign of things to come.



 
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