Cards blowout WKU for key road win

Louisville had no problem handling Western Kentucky in their first road game this season Wednesday night in Bowling Green. Peyton Siva led the red-hot shooting Cardinals to a 114-82 win over the Hilltoppers.

Louisville had no problems with Western Kentucky in their first road game of the season Wednesday night in Bowling Green, blowing out the Hilltoppers, 114-82.

The hot-shooting Cardinals made 69 percent of their first half shots, including 10 of 16 three's to take a 57-36 halftime lead. The Cardinals picked up where they left off in the second half, opening a 77-47 lead in the first few minutes after the break.

"We wanted to stay aggressive on offense tonight and make the extra pass," Rick Pitino said. "Our guys did a fabulous job passing the basketball. Every shot was an uncontested shot tonight. The passing led to great shots and rebounding led to the break. This was a brilliant game by our guy. I'm real proud of our effort and execution."

Peyton Siva led the way for the Cardinals. Louisville's sophomore point guard scored a career-high 29 points and eight assists. Siva made 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 7 three-pointers. He also converted 9 of 10 free throws.

"Peyton Siva was brilliant, but a big key was Rakeem Buckles passing the ball for the first," Pitino said. "It really lifted us and he had four assists."

Louisville, playing without key reserves Elisha Justice and Mike Marra, didn't miss a beat. The Cardinals received balanced scoring as eight players scored at least six points. Chris Smith scored 18 points, while Preston Knowles and Rakeem Buckles added 15. Kyle Kuric scored 10 as five Louisville players scored in double figures.

Six Louisville players made at least two three's. Buckles made 3-3 three's, while Chris Smith, Russ Smith, Preston Knowles and Kyle Kuric each made two three's. Overall, the Cardinals shot 64 percent from the field, including 54 percent from three. UofL made 14 of 22 free throw attempts. Louisville handed out 25 assists.

Sergio Kerusch led Western Kentucky with 21 points, most of which came in the second half.

Louisville, which improved to 10-1, returns home Dec. 27 to face Morgan State.

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