Cardinals cruise in 99-69 win

The University of Louisville (2-1) defeated Sacramento State (4-5) in Freedom Hall on Saturday night 99-69.

Led by junior forward Juan Palacios, five Cardinals scored in double-figures in Louisville's 99-69 win over visiting Sacramento State on Saturday night.

Palacios recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshmen guards Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith scored 16 and 15 points respectively, while Brandon Jenkins added 13 and Earl Clark netted 10.

The Cardinals connected on nearly 60% of their first-half shots, including 4 of 9 from beyond the three-point arc, and grabbed a commanding 52-25 halftime lead.

Junior David Padgett played 11 minutes, recording 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Terrence Williams missed all ten of his field goal attempts, but handed out 8 assists and collected 6 rebounds.

Next up for the Cardinals is a date with Arizona on Tuesday, December 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game, which is part of the annual Jimmy V Classic, will tip-off at 9:30 p.m and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Rick Pitino post game comments:

"We're trying to get ready for Arizona. We're trying to contain our substitutions like we would in an NCAA game. Overall I thought we did some really good things. We rebounded the ball well in the first half, and then didn't in the second, that sometimes happens when you have a big lead."

"We'll probably have to go a little smaller against Arizona because their 5's and 4's can step out so much. But we did it tonight more than anything else, we really wanted to do. I liked the way we played with exception of Terrence Williams is not comfortable setting screens and posting up is a little more difficult for him, but overall was a good performance tonight."

"Overall it was a good performance by Brandon Jenkins who close to being at about 90 percent."

(On David Padgett) "He's not going to be 100% this year. We're not going to put any expectations on him."

(On Terrence Williams) "I thought T Will played a very good game. What he's got to learn to do is go off one foot and make those shots. That's what we need him to do. He'll score a lot of points and get fouled. I very much like the way he played tonight. The guy scores two points and you like the way he played, I did. I liked it better than the other two games he's played. He'll make those shots once gets used to doing that."

(On Jerry Smith) "I thought Jerry Smith played poorly. The stats showed he played OK, but he made a lot of mistakes like running into screens and giving up shots. Mentally he did not have a good game tonight. With that said, he's a freshman and that's OK."

(On Terrance Farley) "He hurt himself the other day, and there was no reason for him to play. We'll definitely have to play him against Arizona."

(About Arizona) "I think Arizona is one of the most explosive offensive basketball teams in the country, most games they go up 20, today they were down and came back and won by 12. They are relentless. They have tremendous swings. They get up and today they came back. They kill you at all five positions. They kills with subs. It will be a great game for us. We're very excited to go to the Jimmy V Classic."

(On playing in Madison Square Garden) "We have to be careful that we don't play for family and friends and lost relatives. WE've got to make sure we concentrate on what's at hand and try to beat Arizona and not try to impress people.

"Edgar Sosa shows flashes of brilliance every time he looks to pass, he plays like a great point guard. And every time he tries to force the issue, he plays like an inexperienced guard. We've just got to make sure of that."

"The biggest guy we've got to guard against will be with Derrick Caracter. This is a very difficult game for Derrick to go into. It's not only his first game, but he has to guard against a guy who steps away and shoots threes. This will be a very difficult game for Derrick Caracter from a defensive standpoint."

(On Juan Palacios) "I think he's playing well. He's a little under the weather. He's been bothered by a viral bug for a week, but he's playing well, he's doing a good job. He's non stop energy, extraordinary effort. I think we're getting better. What we need is games. We're behind everybody. We can't blame that on the loss to Dayton, but I think it's just as much of a factor as challenged shots and three-point shots. If this was our fifth game, we would have played Dayton better."

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