Senior Russ Smith scored 30 points to lead the University of Louisville in a 97-69 victory over Hofstra on Tuesday night at the KFC Yum Center.
But after the game Rick Pitino singled out Chris Jones for his play.
The junior-college transfer point guard continued his splendid start to the season with 20 points, seven assists, four steals and no turnovers. He's not played 55 minutes this season with 12 assists and no turnovers.
"A really remarkable performance, great performance by him," Pitino said of Jones. "I thought Chris Jones, for a four or five-minute period, just broke the game open with terrific play. Another night when he doesn't have a turnover in the game, kind of unbelievable to play at this pace, to press and to not have a turnover."
The 5-foot-10 Jones was 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. He had 10 points and two assists in a 35-2 run late in the contest that blew the game open for the Cardinals.
"I've adjusted because I think I am more in shape now," Jones said. "I wasn't in shape before but I am now, I am taking coaching well from coach P.
"I always have been a low turnover guy. But I always had to force things, which led to turnovers before now. I don't have to force things because we have other great guards. I am more comfortable passing them the ball."
Jones was known as a high-scoring guard before coming to U of L. He was named Junior College Player of the year last season after a sensational two-year career at Northwest Florida State College.
"He is a smart kid and he knows when to take over," Pitino said. "He knew we were in trouble and I have seen him do it before when he was in junior college. . . . He really has some unique abilities."
Senior Luke Hancock said Jones is "quick, strong and a very smart guy," making him tough for opponents to a handle on how to guard him.
"He's a total package kind of guy," Hancock said. "He's been great so far."