The Cardinals of Louisville took it to the Golden Eagles of Marquette, beating them 71-57 Monday night at the Bradley Center. Louisville has now won 5 of its last 6 games in Milwaukee, and swept the Golden Eagles in 2008 Big East play, outscoring them 142-108.
Louisville has now won 5 of its last 6 games in Milwaukee, and swept the Golden Eagles in 2008 Big East play, outscoring them 142-108.
"We didn't play like us tonight," junior guard Wes Matthews said. "When we wanted to be, we were us, but that didn't happen the entire game."
The Golden Eagles (16-5, 6-4), who never saw a lead in the game, came out slowly again in the first half, allowing Louisville (17-6, 7-3) to create a lead that MU could never overcome.
"This game reminded us of the three road losses," said Matthews. "We didn't throw the first punch, and we played on our heels a lot."
Matthews led the way for the Golden Eagles, scoring 15 points on only 3-9 shooting, scoring 7 from the free throw line. Fellow junior guard Jerel McNeal also scored in double figures, scoring 11 points on 4-9 shooting, before fouling out with 3:30 remaining in the contest.
Louisville came out of the gate hot, making 9 of its first 11 shots, including 6 early points from sophomore point guard Edgar Sosa. Sosa led the way for the Cardinals with 18 points, as Louisville shot 51.1% (23-45) for the game.
"If you make shots, everything looks so much better," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino. "We made ours, they missed theirs."
One of UL's top performers was sophomore guard, and Milwaukee native, Jerry Smith. Smith added 12 points on 4-9 shooting in 29 minutes for the Cardinals, including consecutive 3-point field goals that proved to be the dagger to Marquette.
"Progressively, throughout the season, he's been the most [consistent] player all year," Pitino said.
Another shining point for Louisville was junior forward Terrence Williams. Williams, who scored 8 points on 2-7 shooting, added 6 assists and 6 rebounds and showed as the center of the Cardinals' offense.
Marquette's typical starting point guard, Dominic James began the game on the bench due to illness (flu-like symptoms). Coach Tom Crean said that James spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the student health center, and received four to five bags of IV. James toughed it out and scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
Marquette returns to action against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday afternoon.
"We felt one of the keys was to limit MU in transition and to get good shots." Said Pitino. "We have good length…we know their offense… …we have a better inside attack than they …we get our pts on more traditional low post basketball Barro is a good player but he gets his points after penetration and dump down passes…If you make shots every thing looks so much better…they did not make shots…and we kept them out of their transition game.
Game Notes: This was Matthews' 7th consecutive game in double figures, his longest streak of the season….For the 12th game this season MU owned the battle of the boards, 34-26. The Golden Eagles move to 11-1 when out rebounding its opponent….Ousmane Barro led the team in rebounding for a second straight game, grabbing 6….This loss to Louisville snaps a 14-game home winning streak for MU dating back to last season. Marquette is now 12-1 in the Bradley Center this year….Louisville made 10 of 11 shots from inside 8 feet of the basket. The Golden Eagles 4-12.