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Any worries of a possible U of L letdown against St. John's on Wednesday night disappeared quickly, as the Cardinals built a commanding 16 point half-time lead and then cruised to a 72-48 victory. InsideTheVille.com was on the sidelines for all the action...

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After playing even with visiting St. John's for three-fourths of the first half on Wednesday night, 20th-ranked Louisville coasted to an easy 72-48 win.

The Cardinals, who forced 16 turnovers and recorded 8 blocked shots, held the Red Storm to 26.3 shooting from the field.

"We played great defense tonight," said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. "I think people said we were going to have a let down but I think our respect level for St. John's was so high there wasn't going to be any let down. We knew how good they are and how well they were playing and because of the respect we have for them it is impossible to have a letdown."

With a 36-20 half-time lead, the Cardinals ended any concerns of a possible letdown quickly.

Sophomore Terrence Williams, who went scoreless against Marquette on Saturday, led U of L with 16 points. Derrick Caracter added 12, while Brandon Jenkins scored 10. Freshmen Earl Clark and Edgar Sosa scored 9 and 8 points respectively.

While limited to just 4 points, David Padgett made his presence known on the defensive end of the court, blocking 5 St. John's shots.

The Cardinals are now 16-0 this season when leading at the half and 13-0 when scoring 70 or more points. With the win over St. John's, U of L has now won at least 20 games in each of the last five years under head coach Rick Pitino.

Strengthening it's case for an even higher seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, U of L has won four straight, eight of the last 10 and 15 of the last 19 games.

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