The win improved the Cardinals Big East record to 4-7, while the Bulls remain winless in the conference. But it didn't come easy for Louisville. Trailing 52-46 with seven minutes left in the second half, Louisville used an 11-2 run to close out USF.
Louisville also had to play the final minutes of the game without 6-11 center David Padgett. Padgett was taken to the hospital after a nasty fall that resulted when he tangled with a South Florida player for a rebound. Initial reports were that Padgett suffered a possible concussion.
Taquan Dean led the Cardinals with 21 points. Dean hit 4-7 three-pointers and also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Brandon Jenkins added 11 points. Louisville won despite poor offensive performances from Padgett and starting forward Juan Palacios. The two combined for just 4 points, and a paltry four rebounds.
The Cardinals were out-rebounded for the tenth time in eleven Big East games as USF held a 29-20 edge on the boards. However, Louisville overcame that deficit by limiting the Bulls to only 39 percent shooting from the field, while shooting 48 percent themselves.
James Holmes led South Florida with 16 points.
Louisville won't play again until next Saturday when they travel to Syracuse to face the Orangemen in the Carrier Dome.