UMass center Rashuan Freeman led the way for the Minutemen with 21 points. UMass controlled the action in the first half, jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead and taking a 41-26 lead into the break. The Minutemen hit 7-11 three's in the first half, while Louisville made only six overall field goals to open up their lead in the first half. UMass led by as many as 17 in the opening period.
Louisville made a game of it in the second half, tightening their defense to tie the game at 53 with under five minutes remaining. UMass, though, scored eight straight points to take back control of the game in the last minutes and earn a victory over Pitino's Cards.
"Give them great credit," Pitino said. "They outran us down the court due to our poor shot selection. We got behind, we fought back and it was a valiant effort. But then we made some bad decisions and errors and bad offensive handling of the basketball."
Louisville shot just 39 percent from the floor – 20 percent from beyond the arch, and had only 8 assists, while committing 16 turnovers. Terrence Williams led the Cards with 21 points.
The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they host rival Kentucky for a nationally televised contest.