Behind great three-point shooting from multiple players, Louisville built a 19-point halftime lead that ballooned to 42 with 13:10 remaining in the game. Despite getting a combined 11 points from Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell, the Cardinals never struggled, hitting a season-high 16 three-pointers in the 102-54 win.
The Cardinals opened the game displaying no signs of fatigue having had little time off since their Friday night win at Temple. Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Terry Rozier all connected for three-pointers during the first 5:10 of the game. Chris Jones connected for another long jumper near the arc. A dunk from Stephan Van Treese and a Rozier layup built an early 11 point advantage with 11:58 left in the half. Louisville 19-8.
The freshman guard had the hot hand early. Coming off the bench, Rozier scored 14 points during his first 11 minutes of play. He was nearly perfect from the floor during that stretch, connecting on 5-of-6 from floor, including 4-of-4 beyond the arc. Louisville 36-16.
With his dunk with 2:27 remaining in the first half, Montrezl Harrell tied the U of L single season record for dunks. It was his 59th dunk of the season, equally the mark set by Pervis Ellison and Chane Behanan.
Van Treese added a dunk, his second of the half, with just under a minute remaining. Harrell netted 1-of-2 free throws and a Van Treese tip-in ended the Cardinals first half scoring. Van Treese's second dunk of the half. Louisville 43-24.
Three's blow game open
Holding a 19-point halftime lead, the Cardinals returned to the floor with plenty of energy. Highlighted by a trio of three-pointers, Louisville outscored Rutgers 26-3 during the opening 7 minutes of the second half. Luke Hancock, Chris Jones and Wayne Blackshear all hit a trifecta. Blackshear's was his first and the team's tenth of the game.
After the media timeout, Hancock hit back-to-back three-pointers, giving him 20 points in the game. Hancock has connected on 5-of-6 three-pointers. Blackshear another three-pointer off an assist from Rozier. With 13:30 remaining in the game, the Cardinals were 13-of-22 from three. Louisville 69-27.
With just under 8 minutes remaining, Hancock drained a pair of free throws to give him a new career-high of 25 points. It surpassed his previous best of 23 which he scored in Louisville's 71-63 win over SMU last month.
Moments later, a flying breakaway dunk by Rozier established a new best for the freshman with 16 points. Louisville 83-45.
With 1:07 remaining the game, center Mangok Mathiang scored the team's 100th point on a dunk off an impressive assist from David Levitch. Every Cardinal who played, scored as Anton Gill had a layup 30 seconds later. Louisville 102-54.