Meeting for the first time since 19-point University of Louisville (8-0) win in 2003, the 4th-ranked Cardinals and Indiana met each other at Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night.
Fueled by a determined Montrezl Harrell's 12 first half points, which included 5 dunks to equal Pervis Ellison on the school's all-time dunk list, and 10 points from Terry Rozier, the Cardinals built a 46-41 lead at the break.
The second saw more of the same. Harrell added two additional dunks to break the school record, while Rozier and Jones continued to score frequently. The Cardinals dominated the battle of the boards and defensive pressure also fueled U of L's 94-74 win.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
It's a difficult choice to make with a trio of players reaching 20 points, but the nod goes to Chris Jones.
The senior guard established two new career-highs with 24 points and 9 rebounds. He also handed out a season-high 6 assists and totaled 3 steals in 33 minutes of action.
With Louisville trailing 52-48 with 16:34 to play, Jones sparked a 10-0 run that put the Cardinals on top to play. He scored the first seven points of the run, including a three-pointer from the corner in front of the U of L bench for a 53-52 lead. His feed to Terry Rozier for a three-pointer capped the run that pushed Louisville ahead 58-52 with 14:50 remaining.
BIG SHOT OF THE GAME
Leading 60-56 with seven minutes gone in the second half, Montrezl Harrell slammed home his school-record breaking dunk. Harrell's 162nd career dunk moved him ahead of Pervis Ellison on the career dunk list and sparked a 13-4 run to create a 73-60 advantage with 7:19 left to play.
Harrell's seven dunks equaled the school's single-game record, tying the mark set by Pervis Ellison in 1988 against Alabama.
The All-American finished with his 16th career double-double, totaling 21 points and 11 rebounds.
THEY SAID IT
U of L coach Rick Pitino
"We had the best practice of the year the other day. We had such a good passing practice. I told the guys if you play like you practice you'll have no trouble the rest of the year at executing and doing great things."
"You've got to make certain adjustments and our guys did. They challenged, they showed great length, but I was most impressed with the offense. They kept putting the heat on them. "
A FEW TIP INS
****Terry Rozier scored a career-high 26 points on 8 of 17 shooting, including hitting a career-best five three-pointers. He also totaled 6 rebounds.
****Louisville won the rebounding battle 49-34 and the Cardinals outscored Indiana 25-11 on second chance points.
****The win is the first in the Jimmy V Classic for Louisville. The Cardinals lost their only previous appearance to Arizona in 2006.
****The Cardinals have now won 2 straight against the Hoosiers. U of L won the last meeting 95-76 at Freedom Hall in 2003.
****Louisville has won its last nine games at Madison Square Garden and 11 of its last 12 there, including winning the 2012 and 2013 Big East Championships.
****After being limited in recent weeks due to a high ankle sprain, Mangok Mathiang totaled 6 points, 4 blocks and 3 rebounds in a reserve role.