Arizona overcomes sloppy second half to down Louisville
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Ivan Radenovic recorded a double-double with
22 points and 13 rebounds, and despite shooting 18.5 percent in the second
half, No. 14 Arizona survived to upend Louisville, 72-65, in the nightcap of
the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
After slashing and shooting their way to a 44-35 halftime edge behind 50
percent shooting, the Wildcats (6-1) couldn’t find the East River from point
blank range in the second half.
Yet, somehow they survived, as Louisville (2-2) once seized a one-point edge
before foul trouble and fatigue proved to be its undoing.
Chase Budinger and Jawann McClellan added 17 points apiece for Arizona, which
won for the first time this season when scoring fewer than 84 points. The
Wildcats also improved to 5-1 at the Garden since 2001.
Juan Palacios led the Cardinals with 15 points and Terrence Williams posted a
double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Louisville stayed in the game on
the glass, outrebounding Arizona, 47-36.
Derrick Caracter, who made his collegiate debut after sitting out a three-game
suspension for NCAA violations, was a major part of the backboard dominance
with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
Budinger’s easy bucket to start the second half gave Arizona a 46-35 lead,
then it preceded to miss 17 consecutive shots as Louisville took a 50-49 edge
on Williams’ layup with 13:18 left.
Radenovic then made a pair of free throws and Mustafa Shakur buried a three to
push the Wildcats in front by four. Shakur’s three was a rare occurrence
Tuesday night, as the sweet-stroking guard went 2-of-10 from the floor for
Arizona took control in the first half with a 20-2 burst to seize a 41-26
lead. McClellan drained his only two treys of the night to cap the scoring
Louisville shot 34 percent in the first half and lived on the perimeter,
making only 4-of-17 from beyond the arc. The Cardinals drove to the basket
with success in the second half, attempting just four three-pointers.
Coupled with Syracuse’s 72-68 setback to Oklahoma State in the first game, the
Big East went 0-2 on the night at the Garden.
Louisville had two players — Palacios and Caracter — foul out, committing 29
fouls on the game to Arizona’s 12…The Wildcats made (30) 22 more free throws
than the Cardinals attempted (8)…Budinger had three blocks…Attendance was