Louisville’s late surge too much for Miami
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – Juan Palacios hit four three-pointers and
scored 19 points, as 10th-ranked Louisville used a late run to defeat Miami-
Florida, 58-43, in the Orange Bowl Classic at BankAtlantic Center.
Taquan Dean added 13 points for the Cardinals (11-1), who reeled off 17
consecutive points late in the game to post their fifth straight win since
losing to Kentucky on December 17.
David Padgett finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Robert Hite had 15 points and Anthony Harris netted 10 for the Hurricanes
(7-6), who have dropped three of their past four contests.
Trailing 34-24 at the half, Miami opened the second stanza with a 9-0 run,
keyed by seven points from Harris, to pull within one. Gary Hamilton’s jumper
with 14:01 left in the game capped the spurt and made it 34-33.
Louisville went the first 6:53 without a point before Padgett hit a pair of
free throws to end the drought and keep the visitors in front.
The game then stayed close over the next several minutes before the Hurricanes
grabbed their first lead at 39-38 with 7 1/2 minutes to go.
However, the Cardinals then used a game-clinching 17-0 spurt to turn the game
into a blowout. Palacios hit consecutive threes during the surge and Padgett
added five points, including a three-point play that capped the burst with
1:30 left, to give Louisville a commanding 55-39 advantage.
The Cardinals were never threatened again.
Louisville jumped out to a 14-3 lead less than five minutes into the game.
Palacios scored eight points during the barrage, including a pair of three-
pointers, while Dean and Brandon Jenkins each knocked down shots from behind
Miami tried to hang tough as it closed within six at 17-11 on Hite’s three-
point play with 10:34 left in the first half. However, the Cards then used
another run to open up a double-digit lead.
Louisville scored 13 of the next 17 points, keyed by five points from Dean, to
open up a 15-point advantage. Padgett’s tip-in with 4 1/2 minutes remaining in
the stanza capped the surge and made it 30-15.
The Cards were 9-of-23 from three-point range, while Miami made only 2-of-15
from behind the arc…Louisville is 39-3 in December under head coach Rick