Stone's debut a success as U of L rolls

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - Here's how tough a game can be for a Louisville basketball player- after Wednesday's win in the Billy Minardi Classic, U of L's Marvin Stone was hooked up to an IV.

"I was cramping pretty bad," said Stone, who made his much heralded debut with the Cardinals after transferring from Kentucky a year ago.

Stone finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs, as Louisville defeated Manhattan 89-62 in the tournament's championship game at Freedom Hall. In the consolation game, Wright State beat Eastern Kentucky 75-61.

"For a first game, he did fine," U of L coach Rick Pitino said about Stone, who at 6-10 is the tallest player on the team. "He needs to showcase his passing a little more. He's got a great jump hook, great footwork. He's a talented young man.

"I thought we were a little out of sync," he added. "Any time you get a new player that happens. You have players at different positions. We just need a little time to work together."

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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