Cards swat DePaul 65-53

The inside play of Terrance Farley and Brian Johnson eased the absence of David Padgett and helped lead the Cardinals to a crucial 65-53 win over visiting DePaul on Wednesday night...

Terrance Farley and Brian Johnson helped ease the lose of starting center David Padgett on Wednesday night, as the duo combined for 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks in Louisville's 65-53 win over Big East Conference foe DePaul.

"I thought that Terrance and Brian both played terrific tonight," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. "Johnson is a good offensive rebounder because he is so long. If he gets positioned inside he plays the ball up. He did an excellent job. It was a wonderful game for him."

Freshman Terrence Williams led the Cardinals with 15 points, while sophomore Juan Palacios added 14 points in the win.

Senior guard Taquan Dean, who scored all of his 11 points in the second half, established a new school mark for career three-pointers when he gave the Cardinals a 35-33 lead with 13:48 remaining.

With the win the Cardinals improved to 17-9 on the season and 5-8 in Big East Conference play, moving the program into a tie for 10th in league standings. The top 12 teams are invited to participate in the Big East Conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in March.

"Winning 3 out of 4 is our goal for the end of the season," said Pitino. "It's the same as it was three weeks ago, it's just a little more difficult to win those closing opportunities. That's our goal and tonight we played a great basketball game in all phases of the game. We made smart plays and made our free throws, got rebounds, and played smart defense in crucial situations. I'm very happy for our guys because they got some rewards for working hard, very hard. As you can see by the way we're playing we're not looking forward to next year. Our time is now, we're going to keep playing that way."

Louisville returns to play on Saturday when it travels to Morgantown to face 14th-ranked West Virginia.

GAME NOTES:

  • The Cardinals out-rebounded the Blue Demons, 39-31. It marked just the second time in 13 BIG EAST games that Louisville won the rebounding margin. The Cardinals out-rebounded Notre Dame, 42-37, on 2/4/06.
  • Senior Taquan Dean buried two three-point field goals in the second half to become the school's all-time career 3-point field goal leader with 325, breaking the old mark of 323 by DeJuan Wheat (1993-97.
  • Junior Brian Johnson made his first career start at center for the Cardinals. He recorded five points and seven rebounds. The seven boards were the most since he recorded eight against on 11/19/05 against Tennessee-Martin.
  • Sophomore Terrance Farley recorded a career-high for rebounds in a game with seven. He previously grabbed six in a win over Notre Dame on 2/4/06. Farley also matched his career-best for points in a game with seven. He also totaled seven in win over South Florida on 2/11/06.
  • With the announcement of sophomore center David Padgett missing the rest of the season with knee surgery, the combination of Terrance Farley and Brian Johnson recorded 12 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Freshman Terrence Williams scored 15 points and hit a career-best 6-of-7 free throws in the win over DePaul. It was his highest output since scoring a career-high 25 in a loss to Pittsburgh on 1/15/06.
  • Sophomore Juan Palacios scored 14 points, the most he's scored in the last seven contests.

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