Cards slam UCF in AAC opener

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Louisville took care of business in the first American Athletic Conference game of the season, whipping host Central Florida 90-65 before 7,094 fans. Russ Smith led the way with 24 points and nine assists, while the Cardinals hit 14 of 27 three-point field goals.

After three days of tough times – losing to Kentucky and losing Chane Behanan – the University of Louisville got back on the winning track Tuesday night.

Russ Smith led four players in double figures with 24 points, nine assists and four steals as the Cardinals ran out to a 23-4 and dusted Central Florida 90-65 in the first American Athletic Conference game of the season.

"We needed that," Smith said with a smile. "We played well. We had a lot of intensity and we had a couple of tough practices before we came here."

Smith hit 8 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 10 three-pointers. As a team, U of L hit 34 of 62, including 14 of 27 three-point attempts.

Luke Hancock had 16 points on 4 of 9 three-pointers, while also coming up with four rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot.

Montrezl Harrell added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Terry Rozier had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Stephen Van Treese had six points, six rebounds and four blocks and Chris Jones five points and seven assists.

The Cardinals had 28 assists on 34 field goals and just 11 turnovers. U of L held Central Florida to 3 of 14 from three-point range.

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