"We just had one of those nights where we just shot the ball great," Rick Pitino said. "You can see what makes us go is T-Will passing the basketball makes everybody better. So it was a good first victory but we have a long way to go to be a good basketball team. But we're making strides to becoming good."
McGee, who started at point guard instead of sophomore Edgar Sosa, came out on fire from the perimeter in the Cardinals season-opener, draining five first half three's. McGee scored 15 points in the opening frame as Louisville opened a 21 point first half lead. McGee finished with 18 points and made a team-high six three-pointers.
"The three guys that look the best in practice the last ten days have been Terrance Farley, Andre McGee and T-Will," Pitino said. "Since I've been a coach the guys that practice well, play well."
McGee's hot-shooting was infectious to his teammates. As a team, Louisville made 9 of 15 first half three's and finished the game with a school-record 22 from beyond the arch.
season with a triple-double against Hartford.
Junior forward Terrence Williams ignited the crowd midway through the second half with a reverse breakaway slam. Williams opened the season with a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists.
"He is a multi-dimensional, skilled basketball player," Pitino said. "He's got great passing skills and he enjoys passing. T-Will's got to cut down on his turnovers but he does it all. He rebounds, plays good defense, a good leader, he's vocal, he's got a lot of charisma and he's a good dancer. He's just got the whole package."
Seven Louisville players scored in double-figures and all eligible Cardinal players saw action in the game. Earl Clark had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Jerry Smith finished with 14 points and hit 4-8 three's. Derrick Caracter had 10 points and 8 boards in 16 minutes, while David Padgett scored 10 points in limited action. Edgar Sosa contributed 15 points and two assists.
Overall, Louisville shot 55 percent from the field and 63 percent from beyond the arch.
Louisville will play Jackson State at 1:30 Sunday afternoon in the second round action of the Findlay Las Vegas Invitational.