Instant Analysis: Louisville routs UConn

InsideTheVille.com breaks down Louisville's 80-59 win over UConn Monday night at the Yum Center.

No. 24 Louisville (19-5, 7-4) won their fifth straight game with an impressive 80-59 win against UConn Monday night at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville led by five at the break before destroying the Huskies with a barrage of three-pointers and dunks in the second half. Here's instant analysis of the game:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Louisville led 29-24 at the break. Chane Behanan scored five quick points to start the second half - a tip-in and three-pointer - to extend the Cardinals lead to 34-24 in the opening two minutes of the second half. UConn never threatened after Louisville built their double digit lead early in the second half.

KEY STATS: 6-26
That's what UConn stars Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond and Shabazz Napier shot from the field - 6 of 26. Louisville held Lamb, the Huskies leading scorer, seven under his season average, as the 6'5 soph. scored just 7 points on 3-9 shooting. Drummond, projected as a lottery pick in the draft, went scoreless on 0-6 shooting, while Napier made only 3-11 shots from the floor, including 0-4 from three.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Gorgui Dieng shrugged off an ankle injury that made him a game-time decision and completely dominated the paint against Drummond and 6-10 Alex Oriahki. Dieng scored 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and made 6 steals in 31 minutes of action. In a game where NBA scouts were watching Andre Drummond, Gorgui Dieng was the best frontcourt prospect on the court.

BIG PLAY: Chane Behanan provided the games big play when he made a three-pointer to extend Louisville's lead to 34-24 with 18:54 remaining in the second half. After scoring on an offensive putback to begin the second half, the freshman's only three proved a dagger the Huskies never recovered from.

TURNING POINT: Clinging to a 29-24 halftime advantage, Louisville opened the second half with a 24-8 run that buried UConn. The Cardinals held UConn to only four field goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half while building a commanding 30 point lead.

TOP RESERVE Jared Swopshire made his biggest contribution of the season against UConn, scoring all nine of his points during Louisville's decisive second half run. The 6'7 forward also grabbed a rebound, made a steal and blocked two shots in 14 minutes of action.


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