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Whew! Cardinals win 68-62 to advance

Louisville wins 68-62 and survives a scare from upset-minded Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. <p> <B>EXTRA:</B> <li><a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/boxscore?gid=200503180314" target="_blank"><B>Complete Box Score</b> <p>

Francisco Garcia scored 27 points and made all seven of his free-throw attempts in the final two minutes as No. 4 Louisville edged the 13th-seeded Ragin' Cajuns, 68-62, in the first round of the Albuquerque Region.

The Cardinals held just a 63-61 lead before Garcia sank a pair of free throws with a minute remaining. After Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwayne Mitchell was whistled for traveling, Louisville's Ellis Myles was fouled but missed two from the line with 41 seconds to play.

After Mitchell split a pair of free throws nine seconds later, the Ragin' Cajuns let the clock tick down until 14 seconds were left before fouling Garcia - an 87 percent shooter from the line. The junior forward calmly sank a pair of free throws for a 67-62 cushion.

Mitchell missed two free throws before Louisville's Taquan Dean split a pair with 3.1 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Louisville (30-4), which awaits either fifth seed Georgia Tech or No. 12 George Washington in the second round on Sunday, recorded its first 30-win season under Rick Pitino and fourth overall.

Brian Hamilton collected 19 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the waning seconds for the Ragin' Cajuns (20-11), who won the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Robert Lee's first season as coach.


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