Montrezl Harrell helps Cards slam Hartford

Montrezl Harrell had a huge game on Tuesday night as the University of Louisville rolled over Hartford 87-48 at the KFC Yum Center. Harrell finished just one rebound shy of his first career double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Luke Hancock had the ball, dribbling towards midcourt for the University of Louisville on Tuesday night when Montrezl Harrell caught his eye.

Harrell motioned for Hancock to throw the ball, despite the three defenders between the guard and the basket.

"He wants to dunk everything," Hancock said with a smile. "And that's a good thing for your big man."

Harrell did a lot of dunking on Tuesday.

In an 87-48 victory over Hartford, the 6-foot-8 sophomore finished with 20 points and nine rebounds and was one short of the school record for dunks in a game with six.

"I didn't know that," Harrell said of the record, which is seven by Pervis Ellison. "But now that I know that, I am going to try and get it."

It's not like Harrell hasn't been trying before.

Harrell is doing a better job on the backboards with 24 rebounds in the past two games and said his mentality on offense is easy: dunk every time down the floor.

"Pretty much," Harrell said with a smile. "Every time I go up, I am looking for one. I told (his teammates) just throw it up. If they put it anywhere around the rim, I am going to go get it. I will make it my turnover if I can get it.

"I always tell myself if you finish above the rim then you have a better chance for the shot to go in. It's better than a jump shot."

Harrell was 9 of 12 from the field and now has 12 dunks in four games this season for the Cardinals.

"That's why we call him Mega-Trez," point guard Chris Jones said. "I think I gave him two of them tonight. He just says throw it up there and he'll get it."

Harrell is second on the team with a 14-point average and leads the Cardinals at 9.3 rebounds a game. He's 23 of 33 (69.7 percent) from the field.

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