Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Russ Smith poured in 24 points and dished
out nine assists as No. 14 Louisville cruised past UCF, 90-65, in the AAC
opener for both teams.
Luke Hancock added 16 points and Montrezl Harris finished with 15 points and
eight rebounds for the Cardinals (12-2, 1-0 AAC), who bounced back from a
73-66 loss to No. 18 Kentucky on Sunday.
Louisville forward Chane Behanan was dismissed from the team for "a violation
of university policy" on Monday. He was averaging 7.6 points and 6.3 assists
per game this season.
Isaiah Sykes scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Knights,
(8-4, 0-1), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
The Cardinals opened the game on a 15-2 run and led 23-4 after a Wayne
Blackshear trey at the 11:59 mark.
UCF rallied for a 21-8 swing to pull within 31-25, but a Chris Jones jumper
followed by a Russ Smith triple gave the Cardinals a 36-25 lead. The visitors
took a 40-31 lead into the break.
The Knights pulled within 10, 43-33, after a pair of Kasey Wilson free throws,
but the Cardinals outscored UCF 21-7 over the next 6:50 and ran away with the
The Cardinals shot 51.9 percent (14-for-27) from 3-point range ... Louisville
beat UCF 78-58 in the only other meeting between the schools on Dec. 15, 1999
... The Knights shot just 35 percent (21-for-60) and 21.4 percent (3-for-14)
from 3-point range.
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