Cards win easily in third Canadian exhibition

The University of Louisville scored the first 20 points of the second half en route to an 89-49 men's basketball victory over Laurentian, the third and final game of the Cardinals' trip to Canada. Sophomore guard/forward Terrence Williams led five Cardinals in double figures with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists

The University of Louisville scored the first 20 points of the second half en route to an 89-49 men's basketball victory over Laurentian, the third and final game of the Cardinals' trip to Canada.

Sophomore guard/forward Terrence Williams led five Cardinals in double figures with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Jason Brown scored nine to lead Laurentian.

Sophomore forward Jonathan Huffman had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Freshman forward Earl Clark totalled 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Freshman guard Edgar Sosa produced 11 points, six steals and four assists.

"I told our guys that if this was October 4th, I wouldn't be happy with them," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "The fact that it's September 4th, I'm really happy. We have two terrific point guards. Andre (McGee) and Edgar (Sosa) played great all three days. I think what's made Andre a better player and shooter is the arrival of Edgar. There's good competition between them and that can bring out the best in people."

Louisville forced 27 turnovers, collected 16 steals and limited the Voyageurs to 29.2 percent shooting from the field. The Cardinals shot 55.7 percent from the field.

Williams scored six of his points and had three assists in the first seven minutes of the second half when the Cardinals turned a 40-27 advantage into a 60-27 lead.

"T-Will is very good for this basketball team," said Pitino. "Like Jason Kidd, he likes to pass over scoring. Everyone knows that if they sprint the floor, he's going to get them the ball. Terrance Farley is also good for this team because he has no ego, he blocks shots, rebounds and helps get others their shots.

"Earl had his best game today. He's picking up things defensively that I assumed he would know, but doesn't know."

"I played better today, but not as good as I can," said Clark. "I'm learning how to move my feet on defense. These games have been very beneficial to us."

"Earl was very active today," said senior forward Perrin Johnson, who contributed four points and five rebounds. "He's very long and rebounded well. T-Will (Williams) looked like he was having a triple double type of game. He really does a good job getting others the ball and he hits the boards."

Louisville won all three of its exhibition games on its Canadian trip. Juan Palacios scored on a follow layup with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift U of L to a 67-66 victory on Saturday over Carleton University, a team which has won the last four straight Canadian national championships and has three members of the Canadian national team on its roster. Louisville forced 24 turnovers and gathered 15 steals in winning 77-69 at the University of Ottawa on Sunday.

"Overall, I got a chance in these three games to find out our strengths and weaknesses in the month of September," said Pitino. "This was a very rewarding trip for us."

"These games and the practices we had have been a great learning experience for us," said Johnson. "We can really build on this. When we get David (Padgett) and BJ (Brandon Jenkins) back, this team really has great potential. We've just got to work hard and reach that potential."


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