Nov. 29, 2013
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#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.