Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Russ Smith led a relentless attack by totaling 23 points with eight steals, and top-seeded Louisville left no doubt in a 79-48 trouncing of 16th-seeded North Carolina A&T in second round play of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena.
Fresh off winning the Big East Tournament title game in convincing fashion, the Cardinals (30-5) made their presence felt on both sides of the ball by complementing 27 forced turnovers with a 57.4 shooting percentage. They now await a third round matchup on Saturday with either Colorado State or Missouri.
Smith had 14 of his points early in the second half to turn the contest into a full-fledged blowout and finished the contest 10-for-16 shooting from the floor. Peyton Siva put forth an all-around performance of six points, eight assists and four steals while Wayne Blackshear scored 12 in the victory.
The Aggies (20-17) wild late season run came to an abrupt halt on Thursday, two days after collecting their fifth straight win and first ever NCAA Tournament victory by downing Liberty in the opening round.
Bruce Beckford was the only player in double-figures for N.C. A&T, scoring 12 points. Lamont Middleton followed with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in defeat.
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