A week after overcoming an 18-point second half deficit to defeat Marquette, the Cardinals couldn't overcome Marshon Brooks, foul problems, poor three-point shooting and turnovers in a 72-67 loss to Providence, which won its first Big East game in seven games this season.
Though Louisville held Brooks to just seven first half points, the Big East's second-highest scorer had the hot hand in the second half and finished with 26 points to lead the Friars. Freshman Gerald Coleman picked up the slack for Brooks in the first half and scored 19 points.
Preston Knowles, Louisville's leading scorer, was ineffective against the Friars because of foul problems. Knowles, who fouled out late in the contest, scored just two points.
Louisville, which committed 18 turnovers, couldn't find the range from beyond the arch, making only 4 of 23 three-pointers (17.4 percent). Knowles, Peyton Siva, Kyle Kuric and Mike Marra were a combined 0 for 14 from beyond the arch.
With Knowles stymied, Chris Smith scored a career-high 19 to keep Louisville in the game. Stephen Van Treese added 10 points and was the only other Cardinal in double-figures.
Louisville opened an eight point lead late in the first half, but Providence cut the Cardinals lead to 43-39 at the break. Brooks, though, made two three's in the opening minute after halftime to quickly give Providence a 45-44 lead. When Brooks made another jump shot with 17 minutes left, Providence took a 50-46 lead.
Gorgui Dieng's basket with 7:31 gave Louisville a three-point lead at 59-56. But the Friars finished the game on a 16-8 run to give the Cardinals their second loss in Big East play.
Louisville, now 15-4, and 4-2 in the Big East, returns home Wednesday for a key game againstWest Virginia.