LOUISVILLE - The game was nearing its end, and Louisville senior Marvin Stone was urging the crowd to cheer, celebrating with his teammates and the fans.
The Cardinals were about to beat Stone's former team, No. 14 Kentucky, 81-63 Saturday afternoon at Freedom Hall. Stone finished with a game-high 16 points and seven rebounds in just his third game with Louisville since transferring from UK.
"I didn't want them to come in and beat us on our court," Stone said about the Wildcats. "Our players were hungry, and we wanted to win really bad. I was nervous at first. It's a really big game and I was rushing shots early, but I calmed down."
That could be said for the entire Louisville team as the Cardinals found themselves trailing 20-9 about midway through the first half.
"I thought our inexperience showed in the first 10 minutes of play," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "It wasn't so much our shot selection as it was we were shooting too quick.
"The second unit got us going," he added, "and we said we'd play the second half like our real basketball team. We'd pass the ball like we normally pass it. We were getting killed on the glass, and I said if we didn't do a lot better in the second half we'd be practicing tonight. Those were their two options, and they didn't want to practice anymore."
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