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Vols Drop 85-62 Decision to No. 14 Louisville
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Jan. 22, 2005

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By CHRIS DUNCAN
AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Francisco Garcia scored 20 points to lead No. 14 Louisville to an 85-62 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

Garcia had seven points during a crucial 24-2 second-half run, and added had nine rebounds and four assists for the Cardinals (16-3), who have won 10 of 11 since a 60-58 loss to Kentucky on Dec. 18.

Neither team led by more than five until Garcia's 3-pointer from the wing with 8:02 left put the Cardinals up 62-55.

Senior forward Otis George, in his second game back since recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot, had a dunk, two layups and an assist to Brandon Jenkins to send the lead into double digits.

The Vols went five minutes without a field goal, totally collapsing after a 3-pointer by Chris Lofton, a former Kentucky high school standout, gave them a 53-50 lead with 13:16 left.

Louisville and Tennessee ended a four-game contract Saturday. The Cardinals won the previous three by a total of seven points.

This one looked as if it was going down to the wire, too. But Larry O'Bannon answered Lofton's basket with a 3-pointer and Louisville's defense came alive, forcing the Vols into turnovers and bad shots the rest of the way.

O'Bannon scored 15 and Ellis Myles had 12 points and five rebounds after breaking his left thumb in Wednesday's 92-41 win over East Carolina.

Lofton had 15 to lead Tennessee (10-8).

Brandon Crump, Tennessee's 6-foot-10 center, scored the Vols' first two baskets, then sprained his left ankle two minutes into the game. The Vols' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer did not return.

The lead changed seven times in a fast-paced opening 10 minutes. A dunk by Juan Palacios and a baseline jumper by Garcia put the Cardinals up 24-19, the biggest lead for either team to that point.

The Vols went six minutes without a field goal, but stayed close by going 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino drew a technical foul from referee Gerald Boudreaux with 0.5 seconds left in the half and Lofton sank four free throws to trim the Vols' deficit to 38-37 at the break.

Taquan Dean picked up his third foul 36 seconds into the second half and Andre Patterson hit two free throws to give the Vols a one-point edge.

Louisville has won eight of 10 games against Southeastern Conference teams since Pitino arrived in 2001.

TENNESSEE (10-8)
Crump 2-2 0-0 4, Wingate 5-10 3-6 13, McFadgon 2-7 0-0 4, Lofton 3-10 7-7 15, Watson 5-9 2-2 14, Asumnu 0-1 0-0 0, Patterson 2-6 4-4 8, Bradshaw 1-2 0-0 2, Hendrix 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 21-52 16-19 62.

LOUISVILLE (16-3)
Myles 5-9 2-5 12, Palacios 5-9 2-2 12, Garcia 8-15 3-7 20, Dean 3-8 0-0 7, O'Bannon 4-5 5-6 15, Wade 1-2 0-0 2, Jenkins 2-3 0-0 4, Gianiny 1-2 0-0 3, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Current 0-0 0-0 0, Farley 0-0 0-0 0, George 4-5 2-5 10. Totals 33-58 14-25 85.

Halftime-Louisville 38-37. 3-Point Goals-Tennessee 4-15 (Watson 2-5, Lofteon 2-6, Bradshaw 0-1, McFadgon 0-3), Louisville 5-14 (O'Bannon 2-3, Gianiny 1-2, Garcia 1-4, Dean 1-4, Jenkins 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Tennessee 28 (Wingate 8), Louisville 34 (Garcia 9). Assists-Tennessee 8 Lofton, Watson, Patterson 2), Louisville 19 (Dean 5). Total fouls-Tennessee 23, Louisville 15. A-19,926.

 

 

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