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Cardinals cut down Hoyas

Louisville's David Padgett shows he has the right stuff by rejecting Georgetown's Jessie Sapp in the second half. Louisville's David Padgett shows he has the right stuff by rejecting Georgetown's Jessie Sapp in the second half. (John Sommers II/Reuters)
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Associated Press / February 10, 2008

Louisville found a way to rattle Georgetown, shaking up the Big East in the process.

David Padgett scored 18 points, Jerry Smith added 16, and the host Cardinals roared past the sixth-ranked Hoyas, 59-51, last night.

Louisville (18-6, 8-3) held Georgetown (19-3, 9-2) to 20 points in the second half, snapping the Hoyas' six-game winning streak by playing the kind of clamp-down defense that has become Georgetown's trademark.

The Cardinals held the Hoyas to just 35 percent shooting in the second half, keeping Georgetown without a field goal for a decisive eight-minute stretch in which the Cardinals took command.

Austin Freeman and Roy Hibbert led the Hoyas with 14 points apiece, but Georgetown fell apart during an uncharacteristically sloppy second half. Louisville harried Georgetown with its press, forcing the normally deliberate Hoyas into 15 turnovers.

The Hoyas appeared to be in total control at the half, bullying their way to an 8-point lead that grew to 33-23 moments into the second on a hook shot by Hibbert.

Terrence Williams got Louisville going with a couple of runners in the lane, and the Cardinals took off from there. Smith hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run that gave the Cardinals a 44-37 lead with 9:24 to play.

Memphis 85, Central Florida 64 - Joey Dorsey had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Derrick Rose led the top-ranked Tigers (23-0, 9-0 Conference USA) with 15 points, extending the country's longest home winning streak to 46.

Memphis scored 16 straight points over a six-minute run early in the second half, taking a 65-42 lead that was never challenged by the Knights (12-11, 5-4). Robert Dozier returned for Memphis after serving a one-game suspension, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Kansas 100, Baylor 90 - Darrell Arthur scored 23 points, and Russell Robinson had 22 and helped fuel a 17-6 spurt in the second half that enabled the No. 4 Jayhawks to pull away from the visiting Bears.

Kansas (23-1, 8-1 Big 12) was 0 for 9 from behind the arc, failing to hit a 3-pointer for the first time since 2000 - a span of 238 games. Baylor (17-5, 5-3), which has lost three of four, led by as many as 7 points in the first half.

Tennessee 47, LSU 45 - JaJuan Smith's steal and layup with 11 seconds left allowed the seventh-ranked Volunteers to escape Baton Rouge, La., with a victory.

The winner was the only basket of the game for Smith, who was battling a 101-degree temperature. Chris Lofton led Tennessee (21-2, 8-1 SEC) with 15 points, while Tyler Smith finished with 12. LSU (8-14, 1-7) was playing its first game under interim coach Butch Pierre.

Purdue 72, Wisconsin 67 - Robbie Hummel had 21 points against the eighth-ranked Badgers (19-4, 9-2 Big Ten), and the No. 24 Boilermakers (19-5, 10-1) ran their winning streak to nine games by notching their first road victory over a top-10 team since 1998.

Stanford 71, Oregon St. 56 - The No. 9 Cardinal (20-3, 9-2 Pac-10) closed the first half on a 15-0 run, and Lawrence Hill finished with 14 points for the hosts.

Butler 62, Wis.-Green Bay 57 - The backcourt of A.J. Graves (16 points) and Mike Green (14) helped the 10th-ranked Bulldogs (21-2, 10-2 Horizon) overcome a poor first half in Green Bay, Wis.

Michigan St. 70, Northwestern 55 - The No. 11 Spartans (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) won their 18th straight at home as Drew Neitzel scored 13 of his 21 points during a four-minute stretch in the first half.

Texas 71, Iowa St. 65 - A.J. Abrams led all scorers with 25 points, D.J. Augustin added 17 - including a key jumper with 38 seconds left in overtime - and the 12th-ranked Longhorns (19-4, 6-2 Big 12) rallied from a 13-point deficit in Ames, Iowa.

Drake 73, Evansville 65 - At Des Moines, Jonathan Cox scored 10 of his 21 points during a decisive second-half run that sparked the No. 15 Bulldogs (22-1, 13-0 Missouri Valley) to their 21st win in a row.

Notre Dame 86, Marquette 83 - Luke Harangody scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final 26 seconds, and the 22d-ranked Fighting Irish (18-4, 8-2 Big East) survived going the final 6:22 without a field goal to beat the No. 16 Golden Eagles (16-6, 6-5) in South Bend, Ind.

Washington St. 74, Southern Cal 50 - At Spokane, Wash., Kyle Weaver did it all for the No. 17 Cougars (18-5, 6-5 Pac-10), scoring 17 points - including the 1,000th of his career - and shutting down O.J. Mayo, who missed 12 of his 18 shots for the Trojans (15-8, 6-5).

Texas A&M 77, Missouri 69 - Donald Sloan had a career-high 21 points, and the 18th-ranked Aggies (20-4, 6-3 Big 12) took control against the host Tigers (13-11, 3-6) with a 15-point run to open the second half.

UConn 80, Georgia Tech 68 - At Storrs, Conn., Hasheem Thabeet scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked 6 shots to lead the No. 19 Huskies (18-5) past the Yellow Jackets (11-11) for their seventh win in a row.

Kansas St. 82, Oklahoma St. 61 - Michael Beasley (23 points, 13 rebounds) set a school record with his 19th double-double of the season, and the 20th-ranked Wildcats (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) beat the visiting Cowboys (11-12, 2-7) for the first time in five years.

Vanderbilt 66, South Carolina 65 - Jermaine Beal drove the length of the court and hit a short fadeaway jumper with six-10ths of a second left to give the No. 23 Commodores (20-4, 5-4 SEC) a win over the host Gamecocks.

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