Dec. 9, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Will Scott scored a career-high 19 points to lead Louisville to a 74-64 win over Saint Joseph's in the NABC Classic on Saturday night at Freedom Hall.
Terrence Williams added eight points, tied a career high with 13 rebounds and added five assists and two steals as the Cardinals (4-2) won for the second straight night.
Ahmad Nivins led the Hawks (5-3) with 26 points and eight rebounds. Pat Calathes added 19 points and nine boards for Saint Joseph's, but the Hawks shot just 42 percent from the field and challenged only briefly in the second half after the Cardinals built a double-digit lead.
Edgar Sosa scored 14 points for Louisville and Juan Palacios had 14 points and seven rebounds, but the Cardinals hardly sparkled. Louisville turned the ball over 16 times and struggled to stay out of foul trouble.
Highly touted freshman center Derrick Caracter made the first start of his career, but managed just five points and five rebounds in 16 foul-plagued minutes.
The Cardinals led by as much as 15, but allowed the Hawks to pull within 49-44 midway through the second half. Scott, a transfer from Cornell, then scored five points during a 14-5 run, capping it with a 3-pointer from the corner to put Louisville up 63-49.
Louisville built a 36-25 halftime lead behind some hot shooting from Scott and Williams, who did a little bit of everything. He had 10 rebounds in the first half alone, matching his season high, and added four assists. Calathes and Nivins managed to keep the Hawks in it despite 10 turnovers.