Here are a few key moments from a 90-60 win over Missouri State by the Louisville Cardinals.
The "Boom" comes early
The score 5-4 just over two minutes into the first half, Missouri State looked poised to trade punches with the No. 6 Cards. But the team's trademark "boom" came early on this night, and allowed the Cardinals to take a commanding, 23-point lead into the half.
The 22-4 Cardinal run, which started at 17:53 and ended at 7:40, was highlighted by a handful of big plays, and a pair of thunderous dunks. The first slam, sparked by a rebound and outlet pass by forward/center Stephan Van Treese, came by way of Chane Behanan. The dunk was immediately followed by a quick steal of the inbound pass by guard Terry Rozier, whose layup forced MSU to burn a timeout.
The timeout did little to slow the Cardinals, though, as they would score ten points before the next Missouri State field goal.
The second dunk that fueled the Cardinal run again involved Stephan Van Treese, who this time was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass from guard Russ Smith.
Cards crush Bears on the boards
The Cards' first half domination was greatly aided by the team's 27-10 edge in the rebounding department.
Louisville grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, including four from center Mangok Mathiang and two a piece from Behanan and Van Treese. The Cardinals work on the offensive glass allowed them to compile 14 second-chance points in the first 20 minutes.
Mini- "Boom," Hancock block seal deal
Starting the second half with a 23-point lead, the Cardinals came out slightly sluggish, being outscored by Missouri State 21-15 in the first nine minutes.
The Cards vanquished any hope of a come back with a 15-2 run that spanned five minutes. A three-pointer from Rozier started the run, and Russ Smith led the charge with five points in the span.
Luke Hancock energized the arena at the peak of the run when the 6-foot-6 senior hustled back on defense to erase what looked to be a wide-open layup for Bears center Christian Kirk. Hancock struggled offensively, going 1-4 from the floor and scoring just two points, but the defensive hustle-play seized momentum for good.