Cards fall to Iowa in Maui

No. 14 Louisville (1-1) fell to Iowa (2-0) 76-71 in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Cardinals will face Chaminade in the consolation bracket Tuesday afternoon.

No. 14 Louisville (1-1) couldn't hold a six point second half lead over the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0) in the first round of the Maui Invitational Monday evening, falling to Steve Alford's team for the second consecutive season, 76-71.

The Cardinals, in Rick Pitino's fourth season on the bench, took a 37-33 lead into halftime but shot just 26-percent in the second half in defeat.

"I think Iowa turned up their defense [in the second half] and we didn't get as much enjoyment out of passing the ball as we should have," Pitino said. "We were dominated on the glass in the first half and should have had a much bigger lead."

Despite shooting 60-percent in the first half, U of L's lack of rebounding in the opening period left the door open for the Hawkeyes to make their run in the second half.

"Turnovers and lack of rebounding hurt us," Pitino admitted. "But I think they were the better basketball team. We're going to be a good basketball team, there's no doubt in my mind, but it's going to take time."

Jeff Horner led Iowa with 18 points, while Pierre Pierce added 16. Adam Haluska also scored 14 points and Greg Brunner pitched in 13.

Francisco Garcia paced Louisville with 17 points, while Ellis Myles posted 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Iowa will face Texas in the second round tomorrow, while Louisville will take on Chaminade, who lost to the Longhorns 84-62.

"Chaminade is a good basketball team," Pitino said. "Our goal right now is to leave here three and one."

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