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Louisville men’s basketball routs Kentucky Wesleyan

By on November 4, 2013
Photo by Tricia Stern

By Annie Moore

The preseason ranked number three Louisville men’s basketball team looked strong in its first exhibition game

against Kentucky Wesleyan College. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 115-67 on Tuesday night.

Five Cardinals had double-digit points, led by sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell with 20. Also in double-
digits were Russ Smith, junior guard Chris Jones and freshmen Terry Rozier and Anton Gill.

Harrell went nine-for-ten from the floor and had seven rebounds with three steals as the defending national

champions routed the eight-time division II national champions.

The big story of the night was the new NCAA no hand-touch rule. As Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said, “it

can be a dream on offense, but a nightmare on defense.”

The new rule proved to slow down the pace of the game, and slow down the Panthers. Kentucky Wesleyan

racked up 41 personal fouls in the game, Louisville was in the bonus less than three minutes into the first half.

But the Cardinals seemed to keep fouling under control, an objective Pitino and the coaching staff have been

working on throughout the summer.

“We knew it was going to happen and our starters did a very good job of not only taking advantage of the new

way they’re going to referee, but defensively not fouling,” Pitino said. “We really drilled it home in the last three

weeks how the game was going to be called, and we were ready.”

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the scoring for the Panthers going 7-of-14 for 21 points while Devin Langford led

the team in boards, pulling down eight.

The Cardinals second exhibition game is set for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Yum! Center against the University of

Pikeville.

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