February 13, 2016

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No letdown for Louisville

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 31, 2003

LOUISVILLE – Talk of a letdown proved to be just that for Louisville’s basketball team.

The 11th-ranked Cardinals rolled past Toledo 92-56 Tuesday night at Freedom Hall, their first game since their 65-56 upset over Kentucky last Saturday.

“That was a devastating offensive performance,” U of L coach Rick Pitino said. “It’s as good as we’ve looked in some time.

“I didn’t believe we’d have a letdown,” he added, “not for a minute. When you have a letdown is when you don’t respect your opponents.”

And that wasn’t the case Tuesday.

“Coach made Toledo sound like the No. 1 team in the country,” Louisville guard Taquan Dean said, “but it’s good for us to stay hungry. We came out and played hard, aggressive defense.”

It was the Rockets (7-2) who took the early lead, going ahead 5-2, but a 10-point run gave Louisville a 12-5 advantage and the Cardinals never trailed again.

U of L’s largest lead in the first half was 19 points, and the team led 48-34 at halftime as both squads shot over 50 percent from the field.

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