Padgett leads Cards in 69-53 Big East win

Led by a double-double performance by David Padgett, Louisville (16-6; 6-2) defeated long-time rival and conference foe Cincinnati 69-53 on the road Wednesday night

The Cardinals received double-double efforts from David Padgett and Terrence Williams to help fuel a 69-53 win at rival Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Padgett totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Williams added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"I am real proud of our guys, especially David Padgett, he has had to work so hard to get back on the floor, he is a terrific young man and a great leader," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. "David was tremendous tonight. He's now feeling about as good as he's felt. "

"I just felt comfortable out there," said Padgett. "I was trying to be as active as I could on both ends of the court."

Louisville opened the game on an 11-0 run and after seeing the host Bearcats pull within two at 21-19 with less than six minutes remaining in the first half, the Cardinals responded with a 12-0 spurt to close the opening half and held a 33-19 lead at the break.

"The first half we were brilliant," said Pitino. "In the second half we stood around a little bit and did to much one-on-one, but we were brilliant in the first half."

After dominating the first 20 minutes of action, in which the visitors held UC to 24% shooting and scoring 12 points off of 7 turnovers, the Cardinals seemed to struggle at times and saw their double-digit lead, which grew to 21 points early in the second half, slowly evaporated.

10 second half turnovers by Louisville helped Cincinnati make a comeback attempt. The Bearcats reduced the Cardinals margin to ten with under three minutes to play. However, just as it did late in the first half, U of L responded by outscoring UC 9-3 during the games final two minutes.

Forward Juan Palacios nearly gave Rick Pitino three double-double performers, scoring 13 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.

The win is Louisville's 11th in it's last 13 outings and kept the Cardinals (16-6; 6-2) tied with Marquette for second place in the Big East Conference. U of L will next travel to Philadelphia to face conference foe Villanova on Saturday.


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