Padgett gives No. 9 Louisville first Big East win
Providence, RI (Sports Network) – David Padgett had 16 points, 11 rebounds
and four blocks, as ninth-ranked Louisville fought past Providence, 72-67, in
a Big East showdown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
The Cardinals, who are in their inaugural year in the Big East after switching
over from Conference USA, picked up their first win in their new conference.
Taquan Dean donated 14 points, five rebounds and five assists for Louisville
(12-2, 1-1), which also picked up its first road win of the season. Andre
McGee added 12 points in the victory.
Weyinmi Efejuku netted a game-high 19 points and Donnie McGrath contributed 14
points for the Friars (7-6, 0-2), who have lost two in a row since winning
Louisville trailed by four points at intermission, but opened up the second
half with a 19-6 run to assume a 49-40 edge. Padgett had eight points and
Brandon Jenkins added five in the surge, which was capped by a pair of Juan
Palacios free throws with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game.
The Cardinals later assumed a nine-point lead when Jenkins sank a three-
pointer with 5:41 left in the contest. Providence, however, answered with an
11-2 charge to knot the game at 66-66 with 2:17 to play after Jonathan Kale
made a layup.
The Friars then went up by a point on Efejuku’s free throw, but Louisville
scored the last six points of the contest to pick up the win. McGee put the
Cardinals back on top with a jumper, then converted a layup with less than a
minute to play after Sharaud Curry’s missed bucket to make it 70-67.
McGrath’s three-point attempt at the other end with 16 seconds left missed and
the Cards hit two late free throws to cap the scoring.
A tightly-contested first half ended with Providence holding a 34-30 lead.
Louisville built an 18-11 advantage after Padgett made a layup with 8:27
remaining, but the Friars countered with a 13-4 run to go up by two.
McGrath led all scorers at the break with 15 points after dropping in three of
his four shots from behind the arc.
As a team, the Friars shot 67 percent from three-point land in the first 20
Louisville now leads the all-time series, 5-4…This was the first meeting
between the two clubs since 1981…Louisville’s only other true road game was
a 73-61 loss at Kentucky…Providence is now 6-3 at home.