Caracter, Williams lead Louisville past UConn

20th-ranked Louisville (21-8, 11-4) rolled into Storrs, Connecticut Sunday afternoon and came away with an important, 76-69, road victory over UConn.

Louisville continues to roll.

Sunday afternoon, the 20th-ranked Cardinals rolled into Storrs, Connecticut and came away with an important, 76-69, road victory over UConn.

Derrick Caracter was the big story for Louisville in the first half. The 6-9 freshman came off the Louisville bench to score 16 points in relief of starting center David Padgett, who picked up two early fouls.

The Cardinals have now won five straight and should move up in the national polls this week after a pair of impressive Big East wins over St. John's and UConn. The win, Louisville's second this season over UConn, also improved the Cardinals to 11-4 in the Big East, just one game behind second place Pittsburgh.

Louisville built an 11 point first half lead behind Caracter's inside scoring and took a, 38-29, lead to the break. The Huskies, though, made a run at the Cardinals in the second half, fueled by Jerome Dyson's three-point shooting.

The UConn freshman guard nailed six three-pointers and helped lead the Huskies comeback attempt. But after tying the game late, Louisville got a big play from one of its own freshman guard.

With 1:20 left in the game, Edgar Sosa drained a deep three-pointer as the shot clock wound down to increase the Cardinals lead to 68-63.

Terrence Williams led the Cardinals with 17 points. Earl Clark added 11, while Caracter finished with 16. Louisville shot 49 percent for the game, a strong number against a UConn team that ranks among the nation's leaders in field goal percentage defense.

Louisville also continued to dominate the paint, out-scoring the Huskies 46-22 inside. UConn entered the game as the top shot blocking team in the nation.

Dyson led UConn with 23 points. Jeff Adrien added 16 for the Huskies.

Louisville ends the regular season next weekend at home against Seton Hall.

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