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Dec 7, 2013 5:07 PM by UL Sports Information

Defending Champs Louisville Overpower Cajuns in 2nd Half, 113-74

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Montreazl Harrell scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 6-ranked Louisville pulled away in the second to defeat the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, 113-74, on Saturday at KFC Yum Center.

Chris Jones added 19 points for Louisville (8-1) with Russ Smith adding 16, Wayne Blackshear 15, Terry Rozier 11 and Luke Hancock 10. The Cardinals went 38-for-62 from the floor (61 percent) in the game and outscored Louisiana (6-3), 59-27, in the second half.

"We felt like we had a good game plan coming in and could make a good game of it," head coach Bob Marlin said. "We shot the ball very well in the first half, but things didn't go our way in the second. Louisville played outstanding basketball today and did a good job of attacking the basket. We played very poorly on defense in the second half and didn't do a good job of battling on the glass."

Shawn Long scored 25 points to lead Louisiana, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Elfrid Payton posted a double-double for the Cajuns scoring 12 points and tying a career-high with 10 assists.

Louisville led 62-54 before pulling away with a 21-7 run. A pair of free throws by Mangok Mathiang with 16:44 remaining opened the run before a layup by Stephan Van Treese gave the Cardinals an 83-59 lead at the 12:00 mark.

The Cardinals, which opened the game shooting 20-of-28 from the floor, finished 38-for-62 (61 percent) from the floor in the game while converting on 33 of 40 attempts from the free throw line.

Rozier opened a 9-0 run for the Cardinals when his driving layup with 3:35 remaining in the first half gave the Cardinals a 43-41 lead. Blackshear followed with a pair of free throws, Smith scored on a pair of layups and Jones added a free throw as Louisville upped its lead to 50-41.

Long ended the Cajuns drought when he sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:19 before a three-point play by Payton cut the deficit to 50-47 with 59.6 seconds remaining.

Louisville opened the game on a 16-5 run as Blackshear capped the run with a pair of free throws with 15:06 remaining. The Cardinals led 20-9 on a dunk by Chane Behanan with 13:42 remaining in the first half before the Cajuns chipped away at the lead.

A pair of 3-pointers by Steven Wronkoski and Kasey Shepherd fueled a 20-9 run for the Cajuns with Shepherd tying the game at 32-32 on a long-range jumper from right wing with 7:35 remaining.

Long gave Louisiana its first lead of the game, 34-32, on a bucket in the lane and the teams traded baskets with a dunk by Harrell tying the game at 41-41 with 4:26 remaining.

Louisiana opened the first half shooting 19-for-31 (61 percent) from the floor and 7-for-10 from behind the 3-point line. The Cajuns finished 26-for-62 (42 percent) for the game, 9-for-26 (35 percent) from behind the 3-point line and 13-for-20 from the free throw line.

Shepherd added 18 points for the Cajuns, including a career-best four 3-pointers, while Wronkoski added 10 points.

Louisiana will return to action on Saturday (Dec. 14) when it plays host to Houston in a 7:05 p.m. contest at the Cajundome.

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