U of L has no problem with Chaminade, wins 93-63

No. 14 Louisville rebounded from Monday's loss against Iowa by blasting host Chaminade in the consolation bracket of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

No. 14 Louisville (2-1), after falling to Iowa in the first round of the Maui Invitational yesterday, had no problem with host Chaminade Tuesday afternoon, pulling away in the second half for a 93-63 victory.

Playing in the days first game, the Cardinals played much better than they had against the Hawkeyes Monday evening and took a ten-point lead, 45-35, into the locker room at halftime.

After the break, Louisville quickly ended the Silverswords upset dreams, who ended a 30-game losing streak last season in this event when they upset Villanova in the first round, building as much as a 30-point lead during the final period.

"I told the team before the game that we'd find out what kind of character they have," U of L Head Coach Rick Pitino said.

And he certainly did, as Louisville used superior size in the paint to control the boards, outrebounding the Silverswords 46-30, including a 27-9 advantage on the boards during the second half when they pulled away. Senior forward Ellis Myles paced Louisville with 10 rebounds.

Taquan Dean led a balanced Louisville offensive attack with 21 points, while Myles and Larry O'Bannon chipped in 16 and 13. Reserve Otis George finished with 10 points and All-America forward Francisco Garcia scored 14. Freshman forward Tello Palacios was solid with 9 points on 4-8 shooting from the field. Palacios also grabbed 7 boards.

The Cardinals, who shot just 26-percent in the second half against Iowa in the first round, made 32-63 (51-percent) shots for the game, including 9-23 from behind the arch.

"Our shot selection was much better today," Pitino said.

Chris Reeves, who scored 33 points against Texas yesterday, and Dylan McCune led Chaminade with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

Chaminade made just 38-percent of their shots from the field (21-55), connecting on 10-29 from beyond the three-point line.

The Cardinals will get no rest or relaxation following their second win of the season this afternoon, as Pitino has designs on getting his players prepared for tomorrow's game.

"We'll start film study at 5:00 this evening and then we'll have a walk through on the tennis court for tomorrow's game," Pitino said.

Louisville will return to action at 2:00 PM Wednesday and will play the winner of the Stanford-BYU game for fifth place of the Maui Invitational Tournament.


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