Smith, Williams lead blow-out win over Canes

Jerry Smith and Terrence Williams combined for 40 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Cardinals to a 82-59 win over the visiting Miami Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.

Opening the game against the visiting Miami Hurricanes with a staring lineup that included freshman Jerry Smith replacing Brandon Jenkins in the backcourt, the University of Louisville opened Saturday afternoon's contest in good form.

Making his second career start, Smith contributed an early five points to help the Cardinals build an early 22-8 lead after ten minutes of action.

Sophomore Terrence Williams added 11 points, including another impressive dunk, and 7 rebounds during the first half, with Smith finishing the opening half with 8 points and 6 rebounds.

The Cardinals, which led 38-25 at the break, forced 13 turnovers and out-rebounded Miami 23-14 during the first half of play.

"That was a very good defensive effort by our basketball team tonight," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. "It's much easier when you shoot well. We did a lot of good things at the defensive end tonight."

Sporting a band-aid over his right eye, Smith fueled a strong second half start, connecting on two three-pointers to help U of L build a 50-29 lead with 14:00 left to play. Freshman Earl Clark also contributed two early second half three-pointers.

Louisville held a 23-point advantage during the second half and cruised to a 82-59 win.

Smith finished with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, with Williams adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinals also received 10 points from Earl Clark.

"I thought Jerry and T-Will played great," said Pitino.

The Cardinals will wrap the 2006 portion of their season with three games in four days - all at Freedom Hall- beginning Wednesday, December 27 against Northeastern. U of L will also host San Francisco and UNC-Asheville during the month's final week.

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