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

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.