Cards rout USM, 94-65

The #8 Louisville Cardinals (15-1, 6-0) routed the Southern Mississippi Eagles 94-65 in Hattiesburg. The win extends the Cards winning streak to 14.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Rick Pitino has No. 8 Louisville on a roll, and slumping Southern Mississippi was barely a bump in the road.

Erik Brown shot 8-of-8 from the floor and scored a career-high 22 points as Louisville extended its winning streak to 14 games Wednesday night with a 94-65 victory over the Golden Eagles.

Brown was 5-for-5 from behind the 3-point line, and Louisville (15-1, 6-0 Conference USA) shot 52 percent from the field.

The Cardinals outscored Southern Mississippi (9-8, 2-4) 31-7 in the first 10 minutes of the second half after leading 43-35 at the break.

"All of our guys can shoot the ball well," said Pitino, whose team has won three straight in Hattiesburg. "That run at the end of the first half helped us in the second. After we hit a few shots, it was just like a shark feeding."

Louisville has the second-longest current winning streak in the nation. Oklahoma State pushed its run to 15 games Wednesday.

The Cardinals led by eight in the first half before the Golden Eagles trimmed it to 38-35 on two free throws by Jason Forte with 51 seconds left.

Brown hit a 3-pointer and Marvin Stone got a basket in the final minute to push the lead back up.

The Cardinals pushed the lead to 78-48 with 7:16 left on Stone's short jumper. Stone finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

"We didn't come out in the second half and play the first five minutes the way that we needed to," Southern Miss coach James Green said. "Louisville is not where it is because of fluke reasons. They are there because they have a lot of talent. They have size and they have shooters."

Reece Gaines had 16 points and 11 assists for Louisville.

Southern Miss has lost four straight. The Golden Eagles shot just 39.3 percent in the second half.

Charles Gaines led Southern Mississippi with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Greg Johnson added 13.

FINAL  1ST2NDTOTAL
Louisville435194
Southern Miss353065

LOUISVILLE
Player MinFG-AFT-A3P-AOffRebAstStTOBlkPFPts
Ellis MylesF164-61-30-026211029
Erik BrownF238-81-15-5021020122
Marvin StoneC288-130-30-13111000316
Taquan DeanG273-70-12-616011028
Reece GainesG357-160-12-62511120116
Joshua Tinch10-00-00-000000000
Kendall Dartez90-00-00-013000050
Bryant Northern131-20-00-101110012
Alhaji Mohammed40-00-00-011000000
Coric Riggs00-00-00-000000000
Luke Whitehead244-130-20-1

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