Louisville (31-5) defeated 5th-seeded Saint Louis 66-51 in Orlando on Saturday afternoon to advance the next round the NCAA Tournament.
It wasn't easy. Facing a Saint Louis squad that entered the game among the nation's top 20 defenses, Louisville struggled from the field throughout. After building a 9-point halftime lead, fueled by 11 first half points from Luke Hancock, the Cardinals found themselves down by 2 with 14:17 to play.
Saint Louis opened the second frame on with a 13-2 run to overcome the deficit and drawing a timeout from U of L head coach Rick Pitino.
The Cardinals responded, outscoring the Billikens by 17 for the final 14 minutes of the game.
Hancock led all scorers with 21 points. Montrezl Harrell recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Russ Smith and Chris Jones added 11 each. Stephan Van Treese had 8 rebounds and a pair of crucial blocks.
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