In a game that was not short of excitement, which isn’t surprising given the two teams involved, the Louisville Cardinals were able to hold off a late second half run by the UConn Huskies to win their 16th games of the season on Saturday night, 76-64.
After being down big, two Shabazz Napier free throws had UConn within seven points at 69-62, but Louisville made their free throws down the stretch with under a minute to go to walk out of Storrs with the win.
Guard Russ Smith was spectacular once again for the Cards in this one, dropping in 23 points and adding in four rebounds on the evening.
In the loss, though, Napier turned in the best overall performance on the night with 30 points and four rebounds.
However, the highlight of the night came in the second half when Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie was ejected for aggressively arguing a missed call with the official, an argument that was warranted by Ollie when watching the replay back.
With the win, Louisville improves to 16-3 overall and 5-1 in the AAC, while UConn drops to 14-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.