Siva reaches 1,000-point mark for Cards
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Siva reaches 1,000-point mark for Cards

University of Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva led the Cardinals in scoring on Saturday and also reached a special milestone. Siva scored 17 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career during a 64-38 victory over South Florida in a Big East Conference contest.

University of Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva reached a milestone in style on Saturday afternoon during a 64-38 victory over South Florida.

Siva hit the 1,000-point mark for his career at U of L with a drive down the left side of the baseline and he converted a reverse layup with 2:40 left in the first half at the KFC Yum! Center.

The 6-foot Siva scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half when he hit 5 of 6 from the field in 17 minutes of action.

"It's an honor to be part of Louisville history," Siva said. "It's an honor to be in that club. It's a major accomplishment and shows that I have been here for a while in the program. It's an honor for me."

U of L now has 64 players in school history with 1,000 or more points, which is second most in the country behind only North Carolina. Darrell Griffith is still the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,333 points.

Siva received tweets from several former U of L players during the game and picked up a standing ovation from the fans when the news of his milestone was put on the big screen TV scoreboard.

"I told Luke (Hancock), I should have dunked that to make it look better," Siva said with a smile. "I knew how close I was. Coach (Rick Pitino) said that I would try and get it in the first 10 minutes. I had open shots."

U of L coach Rick Pitino, who has compared Siva to his former player and assistant coach Billy Donovan – now the coach at Florida, said it was "special" to see Siva reach the milestone.

"Every now and then in life you come across a Billy Donovan or you come across a Peyton Siva," Pitino said. "They are so few and far between where they don't have any – what we all have the human frailties in life.

"I told him the other day I found one thing wrong with him and he said, ‘What is that,' and I told him he puts his hands up in the air when a ref calls a charge and acts like he didn't do it. He said, ‘Is that all you can come up with.' That is pretty much it. There are no perfect human beings. But he's about as close as you can get."

Siva now has 1,004 career points.

He left the game late after taking a hard fall on a charge. But Siva said he was "fine" noting that "I will be sore tomorrow."