Dean leads No. 5 Louisville to rout over Akron
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Taquan Dean posted 22 points, eight assists
and seven rebounds to guide fifth-ranked Louisville past Akron, 111-85, at
Juan Palacios went 5-of-8 from the floor for 17 points and collected eight
boards for Louisville (5-0), which has won eight straight at home. David
Padgett added 15 points and eight rebounds in the win.
“That was a lot of fun from a coaching standpoint,” said Cardinals head coach
Rick Pitino. “Often coaches don’t have fun during the course of the game, but
it was a lot of fun to watch passing and unselfish play, getting other people
shots and cuts. That was really exciting.”
Romeo Travis netted a team-high 21 points and dished out four assists for the
Zips (3-2), who dropped to 0-2 on the road this season.
Darryl Peterson was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line en route to a
16-point effort, while Nick Dials chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Already holding a five-point lead in the early going, Louisville ripped off an
11-4 run to assume a 27-15 advantage. Brian Johnson had four points during the
spurt, which was capped by Perrin Johnson’s layup with 10:38 remaining in the
Peterson drained a three-pointer with 3:40 left to pull Akron to within
six, but Terrence Williams responded with back-to-back buckets and Brandon
Jenkins trumped a Travis jumper with a three on the other end to make it
After 20 minutes, Louisville owned a 46-37 advantage.
The game quickly developed into a rout after the intermission. Padgett’s dunk
just over three minutes into the second half topped an 8-0 Cardinals run that
extended their lead to 17 points.
Louisville continued to extend its edge as the second half wore on, and a
three-pointer from Dean midway through the stanza made it 80-60.
Akron was unable to get within striking range the rest of the way.
This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools…Akron was coming
off a 132-52 pounding of Denison, the largest offensive output for the Zips
since joining the Division I ranks in 1980…Louisville squares off against
Kentucky next weekend in what will be the Cardinals’ first real test of the
young season…The Cardinals have a 19-5 record against MAC opponents all-