Padgett leads U of L past Prairie View

David Padgett scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 7 Louisville (2-0) to a 90-65 victory over Prairie View in the first of three games in the Colonial Classic Saturday afternoon at Freedom Hall.

David Padgett scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 7 Louisville (2-0) to a 90-65 victory over Prairie View in the first of three games in the Colonial Classic Saturday afternoon at Freedom Hall.

Playing his first game in a Cardinal uniform after transferring from Kansas and sitting out the first regular season game this year because of a knee injury, Padgett made 7-8 shots from the field and 3-3 free throws. He also had four assists in 27 minutes of action.

"He's out of shape, but for the shape he's in, he played great," U of L head coach Rick Pitino said. "He hasn't played basketball in three weeks, but under the circumstances, he played awesome. David is a very good runner, quick jumper. He's an excellent passer - he finds people. He's a coach's son, he understands the terminology and understands the game really well."

Prairie View coach Darrell Hawkins also had plenty of high praise for Padgett after watching him post a double-double against his undersized team.

"Louisville has an outstanding team - the guys play very hard. Coach Pitino does a great job. I know people say they're struggling, but when you get a player back like David Padgett with 17 points and 10 rebounds, don't start writing the obituary just yet."

Padgett got plenty of help inside from 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Tello Palacios, who scored a team-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Palacios made 8-10 shots from the floor, including 2-2 three-pointers.

Despite 19 points from guard Philip Scott, Prairie View simply had no answer for Louisville's starting tandem inside. Behind the Palacios and the 6-11 Padgett, U of L controlled the boards, out-rebounding Prairie View 45-29. 6-5 freshman Terrence Williams also pulled down 11 boards for Louisville.

"They don't have the size or ability we do, but they worked their tails off," said Pitino.

Though Taquan Dean struggled with his shooting (3-13 FG, 1-8 3's) after banging his knee in the first half, the U of L senior guard managed to contribute in other ways. Dean grabbed 8 rebounds, handed out 4 assists and made four steals while scoring eight points.

Louisville shot 53 percent from the field and the Cardinals dished out 26 assists. Junior guard Brandon Jenkins had a team-high 9 assists and also scored 16 points. Freshman point guard Andre McGee played 21 minutes, scoring eight points on 4-7 shooting, while making 3 steals.

The Cardinals will play Arkansas State Sunday afternoon.


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