Cards walk over Rutgers in AAC, 92-31

MEMPHIS - The University of Louisville started the postseason in style. The Cardinals went walking all over Rutgers, rolling 92-31 in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in the FedEx Forum.


Yes, the University of Louisville basketball team was clicking on all cylinders on Thursday afternoon, destroying Rutgers 92-31 in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in the FedEx Forum.

Five players scored in double figures and the bench outscored Rutgers by one point as the Cardinals ran roughshod over the Scarlet Knights in the largest conference tournament win by any school since 1993.

"I'm not sure what to say," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "It was one of those nights where everything went really well for us and nothing went right for them."

Chris Jones, returning to his hometown two weeks after his stepbrother was shot and killed, had one of the best games of the season.

Jones, who went to his brothers grave site on Wednesday night, had 18 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists.

"Chris and I talked about celebrating his brothers life and celebrating it in a good way," Pitino said. "You have to do that no matter how young you might lose somebody."

Russ Smith had 16 points and five assists in 24 minutes, while Terry Rozier had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell added 13 apiece.

Harrell only played 17 minutes, including seven in the first half, because of foul trouble. The Cardinals went on a 40-6 run when he went out of the game in the first half.

Stephan Van Treese didn't have a point but had 10 rebounds and four steals in the game.

The Cardinals finished 32 of 70 from the field, including 8 of 27 three-pointers. The Cardinals outrebounded Rutgers 50-33 and had 19 steals, while amassing 16 assists.

Rutgers (12-21) was just 12 of 50 from the field and turned it over 26 times.

The Cardinals will play Houston on Friday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.

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