#9/#9 Louisville 69, Southern Miss 38
KFC Yum! Center - Nov. 29, 2013
LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES
Friday's game was the 42nd all-time between Louisville and Southern Mississippi on the hardwood with the Cardinals holding a 31-11 advantage overall. It was the first meeting between the two programs since Jan. 11, 2005 when the Cardinals earned a 107-62 win in their final season in Conference USA. Overall, the two schools were in the same conference for 22 years.
The 13 points in the first half of Friday's game by Southern Miss is tied for the fourth fewest points allowed in a half by Louisville since 1972-73. It equals the first half total by Samford on Nov. 15, 2012 (42-13). It also marks the second time this season the Cardinals have held an opponent to 14 points or less in a half (Cornell, 14 points, 1st half, 11/15/13).
Fewest opponent points in a half (since 1972-73)
1. 11 - San Francisco - 12/8/10 (36-11, 2nd half)
1. 11 - Cincinnati - 3/7/81 (20-11, 2nd half)
3. 12 - Arkansas State - 11/22/11 (22-12, 1st half)
4. 13 - Southern Miss - 11/29/13 (34-13, 1st half)
4. 13 - Samford - 11/15/12 (42-13, 1st half)
6. 14 - Cornell - 11/15/13 (53-14, 1st half)
6. 14 - Morehead State - 12/27/04 (53-14, 2nd half)
6. 14 - Morgan State - 12/30/98 (46-14, 1st half)
The 38 points for Southern Miss on Friday are a season low for a Louisville opponent and the fewest points allowed by the Cardinals since the 64-38 win over USF on Jan. 12, 2013 in Louisville.
Louisville held Southern Miss to only 13 made field goals, the lowest total for a U of L opponent this season and the fewest overall since USF converted just 13 (on 53 attempts) in the Cardinals' 59-41 win on Feb. 17, 2013 in Tampa, Fla.
The Golden Eagles shot 28.9 percent (13-for-45) from the field, the lowest field goal percentage for a Louisville opponent this season and the lowest overall since USF finished at 24.5 percent (13-of-53) on Feb. 17, 2013.
Louisville, which entered the week leading the nation in turnover margin at +11.2, finished at +10 on Friday (22-12). It marks the sixth time this season the Cardinals have forced an opponent into 19 or more turnovers.
Entering the week ranked 14th in the nation in steals at 11.0 per game, the Cardinals finished with nine on Friday.
The Cardinals matched a season-high on Friday converting 12 three-point baskets equaling the dozen they had against Hofstra on Nov. 12.
Southern Miss made only two three-point baskets marking a season-low for a Louisville opponent and the fewest overall since Duke was 2-for-13 on three-pointers on March 31, 2013 in the regional final of the 2013 NCAA Championship.
With a 38-33 advantage on the glass, Louisville improved to 5-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
Southern Miss finished with just seven assists matching a season-low for a Louisville opponent (Hartford, 7 assists, Nov. 19).
Freshmen Mangok Mathiang and Terry Rozier were both in the starting lineup on Friday marking the first time since Dec. 27, 2008 (Samardo Samuels and Jared Swopshire, 82-62 win vs. UAB at Freedom Hall) two freshmen started a game for Louisville.
Friday's matchup was the 62nd game played at the KFC Yum! Center for the Cardinals, who improved to 55-7 overall in the fourth season of the downtown facility.
LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES
With his 11 points on Friday, senior guard Russ Smith moved from 27th to 26th on Louisville's career points leaderboard with 1,367 points surpassing Edgar Sosa (1,363 points, 2006-10). Smith is 46 points behind Francisco Garcia (1,413 points, 2002-05) at No. 25 on the all-time list.
Smith, who has scored in double-figures in all seven games this season, added a season-high six assists and a season-high four steals in 22 minutes of action.
Sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season with 11 points (4-for-8 from the field) and pulled down nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double for the second time this season.
Junior guard Chris Jones matched a career-high with four three-pointers (on seven attempts) equaling the total he had in the Cardinals' last outing against North Carolina.
Overall, Jones finished with 18 points marking the sixth time in seven games he has scored in double-figures.
Friday's game marked the first time this season Jones has not started for Louisville.
Making his first career start, freshman Terry Rozier scored a career best nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from field, all on three-pointers. Rozier made the first two field goals of the game (in the first 1:23) and had all nine points in the first 10:46 of the game.
Rozier matched a career-high with three assists while matching a career-high with 19 minutes played.
Coming off his first scoreless outing of the season against UNC, junior Wayne Blackshear had nine points on 3-of-5 three-pointers marking the third time this season he has made at least three three-point baskets in a game.
Freshman center Mangok Mathiang made his first career start scoring two points and pulling down seven rebounds with a career best three blocked shots in 22 minutes.