Garcia leads U of L past Governors

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - With less than 2 1/2 minutes gone in Saturday's basketball game, Austin Peay led Louisville 6-0.

Three minutes later the Cardinals were ahead 9-7, and U of L was on its way to an 80-63 win at Freedom Hall.

"Any time you play great defense you perform well," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after his team held the Governors to 34 percent shooting. "We've been out for double sessions every day. Our respect for Austin Peay is off the charts. They're junior and senior dominated, they're well-coached, and they're hard-nosed players."

APSU's Adrian Henning and Corey Gipson hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the game, but Louisville went inside to score six straight points to tie the game with layups by Larry O'Bannon and Francisco Garcia and a dunk by Luke Whitehead.

When Garcia made a three-pointer with 14:42 left in the first half it put the Cardinals ahead 9-7, and they never trailed again.

But Austin Peay kept things interesting for much of the game.

Louisville led 42-30 at halftime, but the Governors scored the first six points of the second half on threes by Henning and Anthony Davis to pull within six points.

After a U of L timeout, the Cardinals went on a 16-4 run for a 58-40 lead with 14:02 remaining. The closest Austin Peay came after that was nine points, 69-60, with 4:59 left in the game.

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

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.