LOUISVILLE - Whether Saturday's game was the beginning of another season remains to be seen, but for senior night Louisville played its best game in three weeks, beating Charlotte 100-59.
And the Cardinals did it without senior center Marvin Stone, who sat out the game after another NCAA investigation, this one over wire transfers of money from family members. He joined Ellis Myles, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 27, on the bench.
Despite missing two-thirds of its front line, Louisville dominated Saturday's game and outrebounded Charlotte 37-30.
"This is a wonderful senior night, as good as any senior night I've been involved with," Pitino said. "The theme we used all week is honor the seniors by playing harder than you've played all season. That's the way to honor them and let them go out a winner."
The players honored were seniors Stone, Erik Brown and Reece Gaines, and Simeon Naydenov, a junior who will be graduating this summer with an economics degree.
Gaines, who will leave Louisville as the school's fourth leading career scorer, had his usual steady game with 13 points and eight assists.
But it was junior Luke Whitehead who had the biggest impact, finishing with 19 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, two steals and just one turnover.
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