Sophomore Juan Palacios scored a game-high 19 points, while senior Taquan Dean added 16 in his return to action, helping the No.22 Cardinals defeat the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats
While he didn't start against the visiting Cincinnati
Bearcats on Wednesday night at Freedom Hall, senior guard Taquan Dean
returned and helped boost the offensive confidence of the team. After connecting on just 2 of 20 three-point attempts during their loss to Connecticut
over the weekend, the 22nd-ranked Louisville
Cardinals found their touch in the 67-50 win over Cincinnati.
Coming off the bench, Dean, who saw 27 minutes of game time, poured in 16 points. The senior also notched 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in his return.
Terrence Williams, Juan Palacios and Andre McGee all hit trifectas during the games first four minutes, helping the Cardinals race to an early 13-4 lead. An alley-oop pass from McGee to Brandon Jenkins, who was fouled on the play, lifted U of L's advantage to 18-8 with 11 minutes remaining in the opening frame.
With Cincinnati suffering through an eight minute drought, the hot shooting continued for U of L, as three-pointers from Taquan Dean and Brandon Jenkins pushed the Cardinals lead to 28-10.
Brandon Jenkins gives the Cards an
early 18-8 lead against the Bearcats
Louisville struggled with it's own lengthy offensive drought, which lasted more than five minutes and allowed the rival Bearcats to pull within 28-17 on a Jihad Muhammad
three-pointer. A dunk by sophomore Terrance Farley
ended the field goal drought and helped U of L build a 36-22 halftime lead.
Cincinnati opened the second half with a 7-0 run to pull within 36-29 three trifectas from Dean over a minute highlighted a 14-1 run, giving Louisville a 20-point lead at 50-30 with 14 minutes left in the game.
The Bearcats didn't threaten the rest of the night. Strong play from sophomore Juan Palacios and freshman Bryan Harvey during the final ten minutes of action kept the visitors from getting any closer than 16 and eventually falling 67-50.
Palacios recorded his eighth career double-double with a game 19 points and team high 12 rebounds. Harvey added five points, five rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes of action.
Up next for Louisville (14-5) is a trip to New Jersey to face Big East Conference foe Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. The game will broadcast nationally on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m..
GAME NOTESLouisville has now won three straight meetings against the Bearcats and seven of the last 11.
The Cardinals opened the game by hitting their first five shots, including their first three three-point field goals.
The Cardinals scored half of its first half points (18 of 36) off turnovers in building its third largest halftime lead of the season.
Freshman Andre McGee matched a career-high of six assists for the second straight game. He had six in the loss to Connecticut on Saturday.
Taquan Dean returned to action after missing two games with a sprained ankle. The senior scored 16 points and handed out two assists. Dean hit 4-of-10 from the field and four three-pointers, including three in a row during a run in the second half.
Dean moved into 24th place all-time on the school's all-time scoring list with 1, 357 points, passing John Reuther, Junior Bridgeman and Ricky Gallon.
Dean hit four three-point field goals, which marked the ninth time this season that he has buried three or more three-pointers in a game.
After hitting 2-of-20 from behind the arc in a loss to Connecticut, the Cardinals rebounded with a 10-of-26 performance in the win over Cincinnati. It marked the eighth time this season that the Cardinals hit double-digit three-point field goals.
Juan Palacios recorded his eighth
career double-double with 19 & 12
Louisville forced a season-high 25 turnovers, which led to 34 points.
Sophomore Juan Palacios recorded his eight career double-double and the second this season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. He also hit a career-best eight free throws. His 12 rebounds were a season-high and his 19 points also tied a season-best, which he accomplished against Prairie View on 12/3/05.
The Cardinals were out-rebounded, 44-39, marking the sixth straight league game which the Cardinals lost the battle on the boards.