Rutgers Smacked with 48-Point Loss at UofL

No. 13 Louisville blew out Rutgers 102-54 Sunday night in a game where little went right for the Scarlet Knights. Wing Luke Hancock led the Cardinals with 25 points. Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack were the only Rutgers players to hit double figures with 10 points apiece.

The only drama at the KFC Yum! Center Sunday was if the Scarlet Knights could hold Louisville below 100 points in a blowout.

They couldn't. And the result is an ugly 102-54 loss for Rutgers in the second of the toughest four-game stretch of the season.

Louisville shot 53 percent from long range. Forward Luke Hancock led all scorers with 25 points on 7-of-9 shooting and star guard Russ Smith chipped in seven points and five assists.

"They felt good about themselves they knew that they can overwhelm us a little bit with their pressure --- Hancock for sure," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan on WCTC's post-game radio interview.

Louisville (21-4, 10-2) showed no interest in slowing up in the second half despite an insurmountable lead over Rutgers (10-16, 4-9). The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to eighth in the American with Memphis coming to the RAC Thursday.

"I just thought that we just weren't good enough tonight," Jordan said. "I told our team tonight after the game that we have to bring all the positives we can and bring it into Thursday's game … It's one loss. It can't devastate you."

Sophomore Kerwin Okoro was a lone bright spot for Rutgers. Facing a blowout, Okoro logged career highs in minutes and points. He shot 50 percent from the floor with nine points. Juniors Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack scored 10 points apiece to lead Rutgers.

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