Dean leads Cards in 67-55 win

Louisville, which improved to 3-0 on the season, will face Richmond on Monday night

After connecting on just 3 of 13 attempts in Louisville's Saturday night win over Prairie View, Taquan Dean found his touch in the second day of the Colonial Classic. The senior guard poured in 24 points, connecting on 6 of 11 from beyond the international three-point line.

Dean, who led all scorers, paced the dressed in black Cardinals in their 67-55 win over Arkansas State in front of 18,742 at Freedom Hall.

"He can score anytime," said Arkansas State head coach Dickey Nutt following the game. "When you have a player like that it makes it tough to defend. He's got a beautiful shot and can shoot everywhere on the floor. He's a very athletic, very smart player."

Junior guard Brandon Jenkins, who scored a career-high 19 points in the win over Prairie View, added 11 points on Sunday night, while also recording 4 assists and 4 steals.

As a team, the Cardinals connected on just 41 percent of the attempts from the floor, but U of L head coach Rick Pitino says that it's not a case of taking poor shots.

"The most important thing about this basketball team is that they execute," he said. "If you don't run your offense, you're not going to get good shots. We were taking good shots, but we were missing. We learned something tonight and our freshmen observed from the bench. We didn't turn the ball over much and got playing time for Chad Millard, which was significant and important for us."

Millard scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Juan Palacios grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds, while also adding 7 points and 5 assists.

No. 6 Louisville will face Richmond, who defeated fellow Big East Conference member Seton Hall last month, in the third day of the Colonial Classic at Freedom Hall on Monday night.

"Richmond has the same system as Air Force and Princeton," Pitino said of the Spiders. They are very difficult to play with. If we take the shots we did tonight, they'll win by 12 points. Teams that get frustrated against their style will get hurt."

The game, which tips at 7:00 p.m., will be broadcast live locally on WHAS 11.

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