Pitino pleased with play in exhibition win

VIDEO: University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino discusses his team's 82-57 exhibition win over Bellarmine on Sunday

The University of Louisville hosted cross-town Bellarmine, which rank No. 10 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll and gave Cincinnati a struggle last week, for it's final preseason tune-up on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals used a strong first half to put the Knights away quickly and hold on for a comfortable 82-57 victory in front of 20,432 at the KFC Yum! Center.

Led by All-American forward Montrezl Harrell's 17 points, the Cardinals had four players reach double figures. Wayne Blackshear had a solid offensive effort, scoring 16 points. Guard Chris Jones scored 12 points during the games first 10 minutes and finished with 14 points, to go with 4 assists and 4 steals. Sophomore Terry Rozier added 10 points.

Louisville led Bellarmine 49-20 at the half and built a lead of 36 during the early stages of the second half.

"The first half was about as well as we've played all year," said U of L Head Coach Rick Pitino. "That was a great half of basketball in every phase of the game. Pressing, offense, defense, ball movement, rebounding. It was really outstanding. Chris Jones did a tremendous job. All the guys did a great job in the first half."

The Cardinals shot 57 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5 of 13 beyond the arc.

Louisville will begin regular season play on Friday when they face Minnesota in the Armed Forces Classic at the U.S. Air Station in Borinquen, Puerto Rico.


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