Cards explode for 59 in 2nd half to beat UK

Posted Jan 6, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Louisville Cardinals exploded for 59 second-half points in route to a 89-74 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Cardinal win snapped a three-game losing streak to their cross-state rivals and put Kentucky back under .500 for the season.

Too much Louisville. Not enough Kentucky. The Cardinals placed five players in double figures, with a sixth adding nine points to pace the team to a 89-74 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. Despite trailing 31-30 at the halftime break, the Cardinals spurted to the first nine points of the second half, and outscored the Wildcats 19-5 over nearly seven minutes in the 2nd half to bolt to a lead that was never seriously challenged.

Juan Palacios and Jerry Smith had 17 points each to pace Louisville. Terrance Williams added 15, and Andre McGee and Edgar Sosa chipped in 11 and 10, respectively.

For Kentucky, Ramel Bradley was one of only two Wildcats in double figures, leading all scorers with 27. It marked the third consecutive game Bradley has scored more than 20 points. Joe Crawford added 19. No other Wildcat managed double figures, and leading scorer Patrick Patterson was held to just 3-14 shooting for six points before fouling out with under two minutes to play.

The loss moves Kentucky to 6-7 on the season, and will next face undefeated Vanderbilt (14-0) in the SEC opener next Saturday. Louisville's record improves to 10-4 (0-1).

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