6'9 freshman Derrick Caracter helped Louisville eek out a, 94-92, exhibition win over NAIA Georgetown (KY) Wednesday night at Freedom Hall. Caracter didn't start, but had a monster game, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
"I am glad he played because we wouldn't have won without him," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said.
The Cardinals didn't have any problem putting points on the board against the Tigers, a team that boasted seven Division I transfers. But Louisville's sub-par shooting from the free throw line and porous defense allowed Georgetown to stay in the game until the end. The Cardinals made just 30-51 free throws and allowed Georgetown to make nearly 50 percent of their shots from the field, including 11-27 three-pointers.
"We didn't want to play that kind of defense, but that was a credit to Georgetown's offense," Pitino said. "We got the pace we wanted and if we had made our foul shots, we would have scored 110-115 points."
The game was marred by fouls, particularly in the first half when the refs blew 35 combined fouls. Five Georgetown players scored in double figures, led by Justin Taylor and Jason Petrimoulx, who both scored 18 points.
"I was disappointed in our man-to-man (defense)," said Pitino. "We got beat too much and we fouled too much. I was happy with certain people. It was a terrific game for us against great competition. From a shooting standpoint, that is not what we want to see. Georgetown gave us great competition."
Edgar Sosa scored 15 points for Louisville, while 6'8 junior forward Juan Tello Palacios had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Williams had six points, six boards, four assists and five turnovers before fouling out. Jerry Smith, a 6'1 freshman guard, scored 9 points off the bench for the Cards.
Louisville out-rebounded Georgetown 44-39, but made just 4-17 three-pointers. The Cardinals forced 24 turnovers, but committed 23 mistakes. Smith and Palacios each had three steals for Louisville, who had 14 steals.