Cards lose game, Myles

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - Losing the game was bad.

Losing Ellis Myles was worse.

Louisville's basketball team was hit with a double-whammy Thursday night, falling to Marquette 78-73 at Freedom Hall and losing Myles to a possible ACL injury. Just 12 days ago the Cardinals defeated Marquette 73-70 in Milwaukee.

"That was another real good game," U of L coach Rick Pitino said, "but we're more concerned about Ellis. It looks like an ACL, from what I've seen in the past. When you're in that much pain, it looks like an ACL."

Myles, a 6-8 junior who leads the team in rebounding, injured his right knee in a scramble for a rebound with 1:15 left in the game and the Golden Eagles leading 75-72. He was taken from the court on a stretcher and was having his injury evaluated at Jewish Hospital.

The injury is another blow for a team that has lost four of its last five games while dealing with the NCAA's inquiry with senior Marvin Stone about an AAU team in Alabama he played on while in high school.

The Cardinals opened Thursday's game looking like the team that at one point had a 17-game winning streak, pulling out to a 42-23 lead with 4:11 left in the first half.

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