Russ Smith's career high - by the numbers

MEMPHIS - University of Louisville senior Russ Smith scored a career-high 42 points on Friday night in a 94-65 win over Houston. Here's a closer look at his record-setting performance.

University of Louisville guard Russ Smith said it best himself: "It felt like everything was going in. It just felt good."

The senior All-American had a career-high 42 points in a 94-65 blowout of Houston in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night.

Here's a closer look at his performance:

Career high: 42 points (previous career high was 36 vs. North Carolina this season).

From the field: He was 14 of 22 from the field, including 5 of 7 three-pointers. (The 14 made is a career high, breaking his old mark of 12 vs. Hofstra this season and UMKC last season).

Free throws: He was 9 of 10.

Other numbers: 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 31 minutes.

Single-game scoring record: He finished third in the single-game scoring column. Wes Unseld has the record of 45 in 1967 vs. Georgetown; while Bud Olsen had 44 against Kentucky Wesleyan in 1962.

Single half scoring record: He broke the first half and the single-half scoring record with 27 in the opening 20 minutes. Larry O'Bannon had the record for the first half with 26 in 2005 against Charlotte.

Postseason scoring record: The 42 is a single-game postseason record for U of L. The old mark was 36 by Junior Bridgeman in 1975 against Rutgers.

FedEx Forum record: He set a new collegiate record at the Fed Ex Forum.

Career points: Smith now has 1,837 career points and ranks No. 5 all-time in school history. He passed LaBradford Smith, Derek Smith and Milt Wagner all in one night. He needs 98 points to move past Reece Gaines into No. 4.

Career steals: Smith had one and now has 249 for his career. He needs just seven more to pass Peyton Siva as the all-time leader.

Career free throws made: His nine made free throws give him 464 for his career, which ranks him No. 2 all-time behind only LaBradford Smith (491).

Quoteable, Rick Pitino: "I wasn't aware until afterwards (about Smith being close to the record) but what's more important is that he doesn't get hurt and we have a chance rather than records. He sort of has enough records right now and if he did get 45 he would never pass the ball the rest of the year, so it's a good thing he didn't get the record."


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