Postgame notes from No. 6 Louisville's 74-67 semifinal win over UAB in the Conference USA Tournament at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN.
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 UAB
This will be the sixth time in C-USA Tournament history the No. 1 seed has advanced to the finals (2004, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1996).
The last time Louisville and UAB played in the C-USA Tournament the Cardinals defeated the Blazers 83-78 in the 2003 finals.
Francisco Garcia picked up his third foul of the game, just 5:57 into the contest. The junior came in momentarily to shoot free throws for Juan Palacios, who was injured on a shooting foul at the 6:40 mark. After making both free throws, he was replaced immediately by Otis George before any time elapsed.
The Cardinals first three field goals were all three pointers.
Louisville overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half.
U of L has reached the C-USA championship game three times (win in 2003, loss in 1999).
Garcia had eight of his 10 points in a 16-5 second-half run that saw the Cardinals erase a nine-point deficit and take a 56-54 lead with 6:56 to play.
Ellis Myles registered his 12th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Taquan Dean tallied his first double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dean?s 11 rebounds are a career high, besting his previous high of nine.
Dean has set the U of L single-season record for three pointers with 99, breaking the previous mark of 97 set by DeJuan Wheat in 1996-97.
First half scoreless streak of 4:32 finally ended on a Derrick Broom three pointer that broke the drought with 6:56 to play. UAB led 14-11 before the drought and trailed 18-11 before Broom?s three. The junior played only one minute in the Blazers? quarterfinal win over DePaul and did not attempt a shot.
The Blazers fell short of matching their longest winning streak of the season at six. UAB?s loss to Louisville halted the Blazers? five-game run.
UAB opened the second half on a 13-5 run in the opening 4:04 to erase a two-point deficit at the break and take a 44-38 advantage.
A second-half field goal drought saw a nine-point UAB lead disappear from the 11:12 mark to the 4:10 mark (7:02). Broom made a runner to end this drought as well. UAB had a 49-40 lead before the drought and trailed 61-55 before Broom connected on the runner.
The Blazers had four players in double figures (Donell Taylor, Squeaky Johnson, Marvett McDonald, Demario Eddins).