Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Louisville clobbers Stanford in tourney opener

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Edgar Sosa and David Padgett led a balanced
Louisville attack with 16 points apiece as the Cardinals cruised past
Stanford, 78-58, in the first round of the South Region of the NCAA
Tournament.

Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark each contributed 12 points for the sixth-
seeded Cardinals (24-9), who were coming off a 65-59 defeat to Pittsburgh in
the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. Jerry Smith posted 10 points in the
victory.

Louisville, which was playing just 78 miles from its campus, has won eight of
its last nine and will face third-seeded Texas A&M in the second round on
Saturday.

“We played Stanford in Maui, and I told the guys going into this game all week
that this is one of the better coached basketball teams in the country,”
Louisville coach Rick Petino said. “They are not going to beat themselves. So,
we are very excited about the victory tonight.”

Brook Lopez scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the 11th-seeded
Cardinal (18-13), who dropped to 19-14 in NCAA Tournament play and haven’t won
the championship since the 1941-42 campaign. Lawrence Hill donated 10 points
with seven boards in defeat.

“Obviously it was probably our worst first half all year, but I want to give a
lot of credit to Louisville,” Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. “It was a
very, very good basketball team that beat us this afternoon and I tip my hat
to them.”

The Cardinals stormed out of the gate with a 17-6 burst — capped by Clark’s
dunk — with 14:25 left in the first half.

Then, after Stanford cut within nine, Louisville ripped off a dominating 27-7
run for a 29-point advantage — its largest of the game. Caracter and Smith
each scored eight points during the spurt.

Kenny Brown ended the frame by converting 3-of-3 from the charity stripe as
the Cardinal trailed 46-20 at the break.

Clark finished with 10 points in the first half.

The Cardinals ran away with it in the second, leading by more than 20 for most
of the half, while Stanford did little to prove its questioned at-large bid
and could only get as close as the final score.

Louisville finished 49 percent shooting from the field and Stanford shot 41
percent in the contest.

Game Notes

Louisville is seeking its first NCAA championship since 1986…Brown and
Landry Fields had eight points for Stanford…The Cardinals converted 41
percent (7-of-17) from three point range, while Stanford shot 25 percent (3-
of-12) from beyond the arc…Louisville outrebounded the Cardinal, 37-26.

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