Louisville stuns No. 7 Pitt
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – David Padgett led a balanced offensive
attack, scoring 16 points, as Louisville went to the Petersen Events Center
and stunned seventh-ranked Pittsburgh 66-53.
Edgar Sosa and Juan Palacios each added nine points apiece for the Cardinals
(18-8, 8-4 Big East), who led by as many 20 on their way to winning their
second straight game and moving closer to a possible NCAA Tournament berth.
Louisville is likely considered a bubble team with four regular-season games
left and did itself a favor by beating a ranked team for the first time since
Aaron Gray had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead a lack-luster Panthers squad
that had a five-game win streak halted. Levance Fields added 11 points for
Pitt (22-4, 10-2), which was never in the game and suffered a rare loss at the
The Panthers fell for just the eighth time in 86 games at PEC, while also
being handed their worst loss since the arena opened.
Louisville wasted little time jumping on the Panthers. After Gray gave Pitt a
2-0 lead with a lay-in, the Cardinals scored the next 13 points. Palacios’
three-pointer 4:38 into the contest ended the surge.
The cushion later reached 13 points, 23-10, on a Padgett jumper with 7:12
left. Then, an 8-2 run a little later extended the advantage to 33-14. Jerry
Smith’s three-pointer with 3 1/2 minutes on the clock ended the run and
allowed Louisville to go into the break with a 36-19 lead.
The second half was much of the same. Pitt scored the first eight points of
the half to draw within 36-27, but Louisville gained control and Padgett’s
three-point play with 9:42 left capped a 14-5 surge that gave the Cardinals a
The Panthers later made it 56-44 after consecutive three-pointers by Ronald
Ramon and Antonio Graves. However, Louisville again had an answer and extended
to its largest lead of the game at 20 points, 66-46, with 1 1/2 minutes left.
Ramon’s three-pointer with 6:51 left, was Pitt’s first of the game, ending an
0-for-14 slump. The Panthers ended 3-of-21 from three.
Pitt fell to 14-2 at home this season…The all-time series is tied at
2-2…Pitt fell to 12-2 in its last 14 games overall…Louisville improved to
6-2 in its last eight…The Cardinals improved to 4-4 away from
home…Louisville shot 48 percent from the field for the game, compared to 25
percent for the Panthers…Pitt’s worst previous loss at the PEC was 73-64 to
Connecticut on February 26, 2005…The program’s last double-digit setback at
home was on February 5, 2001, 81-67, to Georgetown…Pitt ended with 19
turnovers, 15 in the first half.