Louisville Rallies in Second Half to Top UConn 73-58 in Big East Action

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

The No. 1 Louisville Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 Big East) overcame a tough first half to top the UConn Huskies 73-58 Monday night in Hartford.

The Huskies came out of the gate strong, leading by as much as 10 in the first half, and carried a six point lead into the half.

But Louisville came out in the second half with a new gameplan, built around the press, which forced UConn into several costly turnovers. 

These allowed Louisville to cap a 45-24 surge which turned a once close game into a blowout.

The Cardinals were led by guard Russ Smith who had 23 points, and forward Gorgui Dieng who had six points and a career-best 16 rebounds.

The Huskies (12-4, 2-2 Big East) were led by freshman Omar Calhoun who had 20 points including 3-4 shooting from behind the arc.