The night wasn't going to well for Terry Rozier, until the final 3:49.
The sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, missed his first seven shots, had five turnovers and dislocated the pinky on his left hand. He had the finger popped back into place, taped it up and went back into the game.
And then he made a difference.
Rozier scored nine of his teams final 13 points and helped the No. 5 Cardinals (6-0) hold on for a 64-55 victory over the No. 14 Ohio State.
“I was really impressed with Terry Rozier,” U of L coach Rick Pitino said. “His finger totally dislocated, you know it’s throbbing and you know it’s hurting and yet he still took the big shot and got us a three late.
“That’s a helluva thing to do. I thought Terry was great down the stretch.”
Rozier finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Wayne Blackshear led Louisville with 22 points and six rebounds, getting 16 of his points in the first half. Montrezl Harrell added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Jones had 10 points.
Louisville hit 19 of 54 (35.2 percent) from the field, including 10 of 29 three-pointers, but outrebounded Ohio State 46-41 and hit 16 of 28 free throws.
Freshman D'Angelo Russell had 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Ohio State (5-1), which hit just 17 of 57 shots from the field. Point guard Shannon Scott, who led the nation in assists per game at 10.4, had three points, zero assists and seven turnovers.
“We knew the numbers they put up, they were scary,” Pitino said of Ohio State, who came into the game No. 9 nationally in scoring at 88 points a game. “And that’s about as well of a half as we have played defensively (in a few years).”