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Heavy heart propels Russ Smith to big game

NEW YORK - University of Louisville junior guard Russ Smith played with a heavy heart on Thursday night after the passing of his high school coach – and New York prep school legend Jack Curran – earlier in the day. And Smith didn't disappoint.

Smith, who said he spend about 45 minutes crying after he heard the news, put on a show in Madison Square Gardens. The junior guard hit 7 of 12 from the field, 10 of 11 from the free-throw line and finished with 28 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals as Louisville smashed Villanova 74-55 in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. "It was really hard on me," Smith said. "It was... Recommended Stories

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