Jan 18, 2014; Storrs, CT, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard/forward Wayne Blackshear (20) shoots against the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville at UConn final score: Cardinals hold off late run from Huskies to win 76-64

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.

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  • virtualcynic

    I take some umbrage at the statement “an argument that was warranted by Ollie when watching the replay back.” Later in the game, Luke Hancock had the same sort of “brush” when we leaned into a UConn defender (Kromah I believe) and there was a no call there as well. I do agree with Vitale and Shulman that the referee might have cut Ollie some slack but we also don’t know what Ollie said to the ref; however, blew off the no call on Hancock as being the correct call. The replay showed Giffey plainly leaning in to cause the contact. The ref was consistent in that both situations were called the same. The only difference was Giffey’s no call was right in front of Ollie, while Hancock’s no call was in the middle of the floor.