Cards show plenty of heart in win over Gators

No. 13 Louisville (5-1) over came injuries and foul trouble to knock off the Florida Gators (4-2) 74-70 Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Florida.

Taquan Dean scored 22 points, Francisco Garcia added 19 and No. 13 Louisville withstood a late rally to beat Florida 74-70 Saturday.

Rick Pitino improved to 20-1 against former assistant coaches and players and extended his record to 6-0 against Billy Donovan.

Dean and Garcia helped stake the Cardinals (5-1) to a 12-point lead in the second half, but the Gators came back and had several chances to move ahead late.

Florida (5-2), however, made poor shot selections and committed an intentional foul down the stretch that cost it a chance to win the game.

Freshman Taurean Green missed a running one-hander in the lane than bounced hard off the backboard. Forward David Lee, a senior who entered the game 0-2 from 3-point range, shot an airball from beyond the arc with 35 seconds to play and the Gators down just three. He also missed another 3-pointer earlier in the second half.

But Adrian Moss may have had made the biggest mistake. He turned the ball over with a bad pass, then intentionally fouled Brandon Jenkins on the other end with a minute to play.

The Cards were 5-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch, helping keep Florida in the game, until Juan Palacios sank two with 5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Dean and Garcia made several huge baskets in the second half but weren't factors in the closing minute. Dean was slowed by leg cramps, and Garcia fouled out with 1:40 to play.

Garcia's dunk to open the second half gave the Cards a 39-33 lead. He later made three key plays on consecutive possessions that gave Louisville its biggest lead.

He banked in a fall-away jumper, took a charge on the ensuing drive and then drew a foul on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws. He kicked his right leg into Matt Walsh as he ran by, and the official called Walsh for a foul.

The series gave Louisville a 51-39 advantage.

But Florida clawed its way back into the game despite shooting 4-of-22 from 3-point range. The Gators cut the lead to 54-52 with about 10 minutes to play, then Garcia responded with an acrobatic reverse layup. The Cards extended the lead to 65-58 on Dean's 3-pointer.

After the Gators trimmed it to 65-61, Garcia drew a foul and sank both free throws.

Louisville made nine of its first 10 shots in the game and opened the game making its first four shots from behind the arc -- two from Dean and two from Garcia.

Lee led Florida with 18 points and nine rebounds, Anthony Roberson added 15 points, and Walsh finished with 14 despite missing all four 3-pointers.

LOUISVILLE (5-1)
Myles 2-5 3-6 7, Palacios 1-2 2-2 4, Garcia 6-14 5-5 19, Dean 7-12 4-5 22, O'Bannon 4-8 2-2 13, Wade 1-1 0-0 3, Jenkins 1-2 2-6 4, Gianiny 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Current 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-45 18-26 74.

FLORIDA (5-2)
Brewer 3-5 4-4 11, Lee 7-12 4-8 18, Moss 0-0 0-0 0, Roberson 6-11 0-0 15, Walsh 3-11 8-8 14, Green 1-6 0-0 2, Humphrey 0-4 2-2 2, Noah 0-0 2-3 2, Abukar 0-1 0-0 0, Richard 0-1 1-2 1, Horford 2-2 1-4 5. Totals 22-53 22-31 70.

Halftime-Louisville 37-33. 3-Point goals-Louisville 10-23 (Dean 4-8, O'Bannon 3-6, Garcia 2-6, Wade 1-1, Jenkins 0-1, Myles 0-1), Florida 4-22 (Abukar Roberson 3-8, Brewer 1-2, Walsh 0-4, Green 0-3, Humphrey 0-2, Lee 0-2, Abukar 0-1). Fouled out-Garcia, Moss. Rebounds-Louisville 26 (Garcia 8), Florida 40 (Lee 9), Assists-Louisville 11 (Garcia 4), Florida 11 (Green 3). Total fouls-Louisville 26, Florida 22. A-11,017.


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