Chicago State 54

(1-6, 1-5 away)

(4) Louisville 78

(6-0, 6-0 home)

    7:05 PM ET, December 13, 2005

    1 2 T
    CHS 29 2554
    #4LOU 32 4678

    Top Performers

    Chicago St: D. Holston 17 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Louisville: T. Dean 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Louisville overcomes sluggish start to stay unbeaten

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The "Beat UK" chants started with 4 minutes to go in No. 4 Louisville's 78-54 victory over Chicago State on Tuesday night.

    Forgive the Cardinals if they didn't hear the partisan crowd's plea to beat in-state rival Kentucky on Saturday. The Cardinals had a hard enough time taking care of the road-weary Cougars.

    Taquan Dean scored 21 points and the Cardinals overcame a sluggish first half to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1996. But the only perfect thing about the Cardinals, according to coach Rick Pitino, is their record.

    "We did some silly things with turnovers," Pitino said. "We're really behind defensively. We haven't worked on our press. We haven't worked on anything."

    Yet the Cardinals did enough in the second half to avoid the upset at Freedom Hall. Louisville held Chicago State (1-6) to 30 percent shooting and outrebounded the Cougars 42-22.

    David Padgett added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals, and guard Terrence Williams added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

    David Holston had 17 points for the Cougars, who led 29-28 with less than 5 minutes to go in the first half.

    "They're really a scrappy team and had quick guards," Dean said. "We didn't move the ball well against their defense in the first half."

    The Cardinals were forced to play almost the entire second half without forward Juan Palacios, who turned his right ankle while going for a rebound with 1:34 to go in the first half. It's the same ankle Palacios dislocated last summer.

    Palacios did play 3 minutes in the second half and finished with four points and five rebounds. Pitino said Palacios will be evaluated on Wednesday and isn't sure whether he will be available against No. 23 Kentucky.

    Even with Palacios on the bench, the Cardinals eventually wore down Chicago State, which is in the middle of a 12-game road trip to start the season.

    Louisville began the second half with a 31-9 run, overpowering the smaller Cougars behind Padgett and Williams.

    "We just did a better job of passing the ball in the second half," Padgett said. "We let the defense bother us in the first half, and it got us out of rhythm. In the second half, we played better defense and shared the ball."

    Chicago State tried to slow down the Cardinals by milking 20 to 25 seconds off the shot clock before running their offense. But when the shots stopped falling, the Cougars couldn't keep up.

    "In the second half, they picked up the tempo," Chicago State coach Kevin Jones said. "They really hurt us on the boards. I didn't get anything out of my inside guys."

    Pitino challenged his team to play with more intensity on defense after the Cardinals allowed Akron to score 85 points last Saturday. Louisville answered the challenge in the second half, forcing two shot clock violations and giving up just nine points over the first 13 minutes of the half.

    "We did a good job of helping each other," Padgett said. "Our whole defense is predicated on that. We didn't want to look past tonight, that's how you get beat. In the second half, we just went out and took care of business."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 54 78
    FG Made-Attempted 19-56 (.339) 28-52 (.538)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 10-25 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-8 (.750) 12-17 (.706)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 28

    2005-06 Season

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