Cold-shooting Cards finally put away Dons

Louisville ended Thursday night's game against San Francisco on a 21-7 run to pull away from the Dons late for a 76-63 win. David Padgett scored 20 points and Terrence Williams 21 to help Louisville, who shot just 40 percent for the game, win their fourth straight game.

Louisville struggled most of the game Thursday night against San Francisco before pulling away late for a 76-63 win for the Cardinals fourth consecutive victory since a 61-49 loss to Kentucky two weeks ago.

David Padgett scored 20 points on 8-9 shooting and kept Louisville in the game during the first half. The Cardinals struggled offensively before the break, hitting just 9-32 shots in the first half, to take a 26-23 lead over the Dons into the locker room. Padgett hit 5-6 first half shots and scored 14 of Louisville's 26 points.

The second half featured 10 lead changes before Louisville freshman guard Jerry Smith nailed a three-pointer with 7:17 left to give the Cardinals the lead for good at 58-56. Over the game's last seven minutes, Louisville steadily pulled away from San Francisco, who has lost their last seven games, out-scoring the Dons 21-7 to end the game.

Terrence Williams led Louisville with 21 points, while Antonio Kellogg paced San Francisco with 14.

Rick Pitino also made a key change to his starting lineup against the Dons, inserting 6-9 freshman Earl Clark for Juan Palacios, along with fellow freshmen Edgar Sosa and the 6-1 Smith. Sosa scored 18 points and dished out 8 assists. Smith scored just six points and Clark was held scoreless.

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