Playing in their first game since learning that senior David Padgett may be out for the season, the Cardinals performed well in their first road test, defeating the Runnin' Rebels 68-48. Louisville's win snaps UNLV's 19-game home win streak.
Sophomore Earl Clark continues his hot start to the season. The forward turned his third consecutive double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Derrick Caracter, who started in place of the injured Padgett, was limited to just 18 minutes of action due to foul trouble, finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Senior Terrence Farley contributed 6 points and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes of game time.
The contest remained close throughout the first half, with the Cardinals holding a 26-23 advantage at the break. Following a three-pointer from UNLV's Curtis Terry that gave the host team it's first lead of the game at 35-33 with 14:35 remaining in the game, U of L responded by closing the game by outscoring the Runnin' Rebels 35-13.
The Cardinals connected on 46.9% of their shot attempts and won the battle on the boards 43-36.
Louisville (3-0) will face BYU on Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. The game will broadcast locally on WHAS.