Louisville's freshman guard nailed two three-pointers in the final 20 seconds, including a buzzer beater at .02 to give the Cardinals an exhilarating 61-59 win over 12th ranked Marquette. The shot earned Smith ESPN's Pontiac "Game Changing Moment."
The game was plagued by fouls. Louisville center David Padgett picked up three fouls in the game's first two minutes that forced him to the bench for the rest of the first half. In his place, freshman Derrick Caracter stepped in and contributed 14 points despite his own foul problems. Padgett, who played sparingly, scored seven points before fouling out with 5:27 left.
players into a frenzy. (AP)
Louisville's other rookie guard, Edgar Sosa, also came through big for the Cardinals. Sosa scored 15 points and it was his assist that set up Smith game-winning 25 foot jumper.
Louisville has now won seven of their last ten games and a big reason has been the play of the Cardinals talented four-man freshmen class. Monday against Pittsburgh, Sosa, Caracter, Smith and Earl Clark combined to score 30 of Louisville's 66 points. Against Marquette, the Cardinals quartet out-did that effort, scoring 41 of the Cardinals 61 points.
Louisville won despite a scoreless performance from leading scorer Terrence Williams. Williams, who had 7 assists with no turnovers against Pittsburgh Monday, missed all six shots he took against Marquette and committed six turnovers.
The Cardinals return home Wednesday to host St. John's. The Red Storm fell to Providence 71-66 Saturday.