Saturday , Jan , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 3 UConn soars past Louisville

ouisville, KY (Sports Network) – Marcus Williams scored 15 points and Rudy
Gay tallied 12, as third-ranked Connecticut downed No. 17 Louisville, 69-58,
at Freedom Hall.

Coupled with top-ranked Duke’s 87-84 loss at Georgetown and No. 2 Florida’s
80-76 setback at Tennessee on Saturday, Connecticut (16-1, 4-1 Big East) will
most likely take over the top spot in next week’s college basketball polls.

In the present, the Huskies shot 51 percent from the floor and made 19-of-23
free throws to defeat a Cardinals’ squad playing without leading scorer Taquan
Dean, who sat out with an ankle injury.

In Dean’s absence, Louisville (13-5, 1-4) was held under 60 points for the
third straight contest, all losses. David Padgett, a transfer from Kansas,
picked up some of the scoring slack with 27 points, but Terrence Williams was
the only other Cardinal to reach double figures with 10 points.

Trailing 37-36 early in the second half, UConn went on a 10-2 burst to take
the lead. Gay and Rashad Anderson made perimeter jumpers, Hilton Armstrong and
Jeff Adrien converted slams and Josh Boone’s two free throws with 11:02 left
gave the Huskies a 46-39 lead.

Padgett scored five straight points several minutes later to cut the deficit
to 50-46, but Marcus Williams drained a jumper and an Anderson jump shot and
trey sandwiched around Padgett’s layup gave UConn a 57-48 edge with 6:04 left.

Juan Palacios’ jumper with 4:17 left got the Cardinals within 59-55, but
Connecticut scored the next eight points capped by Williams’ layup to seal the
victory.

UConn led by as many as 12 points in the first half and held a 30-27 edge at
the break.

Game Notes

The Huskies have won the only two meetings between the two storied
programs…Louisville shot just 38 percent from the floor and was outrebounded
37-29…UConn’s bench outscored Louisville’s 21-3…Padgett and Williams each
pulled down eight boards in the loss…Anderson had 10 points in the
win…Adrien had nine points and 12 boards off the bench for the Huskies.

UCONN LOUISVILLE