Louisville sophomore guard Kyle Kuric
Oct. 28, 2009
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore forward Samardo Samuels scored a game-high 20 points, while sophomore guard Kyle Kuric added 15 as the Louisville Cardinals earned an 80-68 exhibition win over Georgetown College on Wednesday night at Freedom Hall.
After trailing 35-31 at the halftime break, the Cardinals used a 25-7 second half run to turn the deficit into a comfortable lead against the preseason top 10 NAIA squad from nearby Georgetown, Ky. Overall, Louisville outscored the Tigers 49-33 over the final 20 minutes.
"To be honest, I didn't think we would win because we weren't really ready to open tonight and we had to win with incredible hustle," said Cards' head coach Rick Pitino. "We wanted to get our guys experience and get them a lot of playing time. We did a much better job in the second half."
Samuels, a preseason All-BIG EAST selection, finished 9-of-12 from the field with a game-high 11 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Cards' attack. Kuric was 6-of-11 from the field with seven rebounds, while senior guard Edgar Sosa added 12 points and four assists in the win. Freshman guard Peyton Siva provided a spark off the Cards' bench with six points, eight assists and six steals in 17 minutes of action.
The taller Cardinals controlled the glass with a 50-38 rebounding advantage over the Tigers and held a 44-20 scoring advantage in the paint. Louisville converted 20 Georgetown turnovers into 18 points and held the Tigers to just 33.3 percent (19-of-57) shooting from the field.
Louisville will play its second and final exhibition game of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET at Freedom Hall against Bellarmine University, the top ranked NCAA Division II team in the nation. The Cardinals will open their regular season on Nov. 17 against Arkansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis, Mo.