Cards slam Rutgers

No. 9 Louisville (14-3, 5-0) slammed Rutgers Wednesday night in Piscataway, NJ 78-59. The win, Louisville's sixth straight, sets up a Top 10 showdown with No. 8 Syracuse Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.

Ninth-ranked Louisville used a 23-0 first half run to slam Rutgers 78-59 Wednesday night in Piscataway, NJ.

Terrence Williams, last week's Big East Player of the Week, turned in another super-human performance, ripping home four first half dunks en route to 11 first half points. Williams also added seven boards as the Cardinals took a commanding 40-20 lead at halftime.

Samardo Samuels helped Louisville
slam Rutgers on Wednesday.

Williams finished with a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. Williams made 9 of 14 shots from the floor and 4 of 6 free throws.

The Cardinals again applied smothering defense, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the opening period. Rutgers made just 26 percent of their first half shots and committed 11 turnovers, while Louisville torched the nets at a 61 percent clip, connecting on 16 of 26 shots.

Rutgers center Hamady N'Diaye picked up two quick fouls and Louisville's Samardo Samuels went after the 6-11 junior hard. Samuels scored nine first half points and drew N'Diaye's third foul with 12:37 left in the first half. N'Diaye fouled out early in the second half and was a non-factor for the Scarlet Knights, scoring only four points.

Samuels finished with 15 points on 6 of 9 field goals before fouling out late in the game. Earl Clark added 15 points and seven rebounds. Edgar Sosa chipped in 10 points for the Cards.

Louisville's Terrence Jennings blocked four shots - one more than Rutgers blocked as a team. Jennings also added three points and two boards.

Rutgers freshman Mike Rosari led the Scarlet Knights with 21 points, while fellow rookie Greg Echenique added 13 points and seven rebounds.

For the game, Louisville made 29 of 49 shots - 59 percent. The Cards held the Scarlet Knights to 38 percent shooting and out-rebounded Rutgers 31-25.

The Cardinals, winners of six straight, play at No. 8 Syracuse on Sunday.

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