The Big Three came to play for the University of Louisville men's basketball team on Sunday in an 80-68 win on the road at Pittsburgh.
Terry Rozier led the way with 26 points, while Montrezl Harrell had 18 and Chris Jones scored 17 for the No. 10 Cardinals (16-3). It was the first game after an eight-day layoff following the loss to Duke.
Harrell chipped in seven rebounds, while Jones had nine assists and five rebounds for the Cardinals. U of L hit 30 of 46 from the field and 14 of 22 free throws.
Louisville led for the final 34 minutes of the game and by as much as 16 points but the Panthers had it to single digits several times in the final 4:05.
The 65.2 percent field-goal percentage by the Cardinals was the highest Pittsburgh has allowed to an opponent during the Jamie Dixon-era.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
While it's tough not to give it to Chris Jones with his near double-double, Terry Rozier was sensational for the Cardinals.
Rozier scored 18 points in the first half and keyed the quick start.
The sophomore hit his first six shots of the game and finished 10 of 16 from the field for 26 points, while also adding six assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes.
It was Rozier's best offensive game of the season.
Harrell became the 66th U of L player to join the 1,000-point club with his first basket of the game. He now has 1,016 career points.
Harrell also had four dunks in the game, making it 40 on the season. He has 181 career dunks, which is tops all-time in school history.
THEY SAID IT
Louisville coach Rick Pitino
"We usually win with defense and tonight we won with offense. Our offense was special and great shooting percentages are the result of great passing and we did a terrific job passing against a good defensive team."
"In the beginning (of conference play) he was trying to be Kevin Durant instead of Montrezl Harrell. Tonight, he did a little bit of everything."
A FEW LEFTOVERS
***The Cardinals are now 4-1 at the Petersen Events Center, the most victories by an opponent at the arena. Pitt has won 90 percent of its games there.
***The Cardinals had 17 offensive rebounds and 17 defensive rebounds and tied the Panthers at 34 for a total.
***Wayne Blackshear fouled out with six points, two assists and two rebounds.
***Freshman Chinanu Onuaku started the game and didn't take a field goal. He had four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.
***Mangok Mathiang was 5 of 5 om free throws after starting the game at 37 percent from the line on the season.
The Cardinals will travel to Chestnut Hills, Mass., for a 9 o'clock game on Wednesday night against Boston College.
The Eagles are 8-9 on the season.
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