Cards the Real Deal in Bahamas

Sophomore guard Russ Smith scored a team-high 22 points to lead Louisville to a 113-58 win over the Real Deal Shockers in the Cardinals final game in the Bahamas Friday night.

Sophomore guard Russ Smith scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the first half to lead seven Cardinals in double figures as the University of Louisville beat the Real Deal Shockers 113-58 in an exhibition game Friday night at Kendal Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas.

Senior forward Kyle Kuric totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Cardinals and buried 4-of-10 three-pointers.

After leading just 12-11 nearly eight minutes into the game, the Cardinals scored the next 24 points of the game to take command en route to a 63-24 halftime advantage. Louisville connected on 49 percent from the field (37-of-45) for the game, including making 43 percent of its three-pointers (15-of-35).

"Tonight was just a foul-fest," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "Last night, although we won by 50, we had a little better competition and we could run some things. This team would just foul you seemingly every possession."

The Shockers, the runner-up in the professional championship in the Bahamas last season, committed 31 fouls and 42 turnovers that hindered the flow of the game. Jamal Rose played the entire game and led the Shockers with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five dunks, scoring 23 of his points in the second half.

"More than anything else (during the practices and trip), you find out who's ready to play and who's not ready to play." said Pitino. "I was able to assess what our guys can do, and even more beneficial, what they can't do. I know which guys that aren't ready to play and we have a lot of work ahead of us."

A hip injury kept Elisha Justice on the sidelines for the game.

It was the third game of the foreign trip for the Cardinals, with all three surpassing the century mark. U of L won 115-54 over the Commonwealth Giants on Thursday and in an intrasquad game on Wednesday, the White team beat the Red 101-55.

A previously scheduled Red-White intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday was cancelled. The Cardinals instead have a practice session planned for Saturday before heading back to Louisville on Sunday.

Louisville Scoring: Angel Nunez 13, Chane Behanan 15, Peyton Siva 15, Chris Smith 6, Gorgui Dieng 0, Zach Price 11, Mark Jackson 0, Kyle Kuric 18, Mike Marra 10, Russ Smith 22, Stephan Van Treese 3.


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