A career-high 27 points from sophomore David Padgett wasn't enough as the host Cardinals fell 71-58 to the visiting third-ranked UConn Huskies.
Sophomore David Padgett
scored a career-high 27 points and freshman Terrence Williams
added 10, but it wasn't enough as visiting third-ranked Connecticut
pulled away from Louisville
during the final four minutes to claim a 71-58 win.
"They're a great basketball team," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. "We gave everything we had to get the victory. We can't play any hard, we can certainly shoot the ball better. I'm proud of our guys they've given me everything they had."
Playing without senior Taquan Dean, the Cardinals stayed close throughout the contest. Trailing by three at the half, Louisville opened the second on a 6-2 run, highlighted by a Williams dunk that gave the Cardinals a 33-32 lead.
After claiming a 37-36 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the game, the visiting Huskies went on a 14-4 run to build a 10 point lead. Louisville fought back to pull within four at 50-46 with eight minutes to play, however the lack of success from beyond the three-point line allowed UConn to slowly pull away.
The Cardinals missed it's first 16 three-point attemts and connected on just 2 of 20 beyond the arc.
"What losing does sometimes, I know we're not the best shooting team, but we're a better shooting team that, losing gets you tight on your jump shots," said Pitino. "I tried to tell Tello and Williams to keep shooting, they were all good shots. All wide open shots they need to take. Hopefully down the road they'll start making some."
Williams and Padgett both grabbed eight rebounds, but the Cardinals lost the battle on the boards by ten.
Louisville will host rival Cincinnati on Wednesday night for a game nationally televised on ESPN2.
20,091 at Sold Out Freedom Hall
Sophomore David Padgett reached a new career-high with 27 points and also totaled eight rebounds. He also established a new career-high with 11 field goals made and 18 attempted. His previous-best was an 18-point performance against Middle Tennesse State on 12/20/05/.
The Cardinals missed 16 straight three-point field before freshman Bryan Harvey nailed one with 5:01 to play in the second half. The two three-point field goals the lowest since the Cardinals hit two in a 74-71 win over Cincinnati on 2/27/02.
Senior Taquan Dean missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle.
The Cardinals dropped their third consecutive BIG EAST Conference game at home, marking the first time since the 1984-85 season that Louisville dropped three straight league games at home. Louisville dropped games to Memphis State, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati as member of the Metro Conference.
Freshman Andre McGee had six assists and one turnover in the loss, giving him 24 assists and just seven turnovers over the last nine games.
Louisville shot just 36.4 percent from the field, marking the third straight game that the Cardinals failed to hit better than 40.0 percent of their field goal attempts.