U of L hoops notes: Cards deck Cornell

Cardinal Authority's notebook on the University of Louisville's 99-54 victory over Cornell includes notes on the boom factor and the longest winning streak in school history. The Cardinals have won 19 in a row.


The University of Louisville has been ‘booming' folks since last season, making decisive runs in games where opponents can't come back.

In a 99-54 win over Cornell, the boom came early.

U of L opened the game with a 22-2 run and never looked back, cruising to the school's 19th consecutive win and No. 1,700 overall.

The 19-game winning streak is a school record. The old mark was 18 set during the run to the 1979-80 NCAA title.

U of L now has an overall record of 1,700-869 in 100 years of basketball.


U of L freshman walk-on David Levitch said he felt like he was going to get some run in the game against Cornell.

The former North Oldham High School standout hit a three-pointer late in the game, marking his first career points as a U of L Cardinal.

"I had to get one (shot up)," Levitch said. "Nothing at the moment was in my mind because (Rick Pitino) was yelling at me to get back on defense."

"It was crazy to hear the crowd go crazy like that."


The Cardinals continued to struggle from the free-throw line, hitting just 18 of 34 from the stripe. Chane Behanan was 1 of 3 and Mangok Mathiang 1 of 4.

On the season, the Cardinals are 47 of 81 (58 percent).

"Fifty percent of it is fatigue, the other 50 percent is technique," Pitino said. "We have been working hard on that and will continue to work hard."


Behanan and Montrezl Harrell both had big games for the Cardinals.

Behanan had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 2 rebounds on 6 of 10 from the field. He also had two steals.

Harrell was 3 of 5 from the field and had seven points and 15 rebounds.


The Cardinals led 53-14 at halftime but the 14 points from Cornell was not any kind of school record for U of L.

The fewest opponents points in a half since 1972-73 was 11 against San Francisco (2010) and Cincinnati (1981).

The Cardinals held Arkansas State to 12 in the second half in 2011 and Samford to 13 in the first half of a game last season.

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