Jan. 19, 2011
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Paris Horne tallied a team-high 13 points to pace three St. John’s players in double-figures, but No. 19/15 Louisville shot 53.2 percent (33-for-62) from the floor and made 13 3-pointers in an 88-63 victory at the KFC Yum! Center.
Preston Knowles scored 25 points and Kyle Kuric added 20 to pace Louisville (15-3, 4-1), while Peyton Siva tallied 10 points and dished out a career-high 10 assists.
Playing the fifth of eight-straight ranked opponents, St. John’s (11-6, 4-3) turned the ball over a season-high 25 times, 13 more miscues than the team’s average entering the contest.
"Louisville picked up right where they left off in their comeback versus Marquette, playing an aggressive, cohesive brand of basketball, and I thought we were a step slow and passive tonight," said head coach Steve Lavin. "Our league is the deepest in the country with nine teams in the Top 25, and it's our responsibility to bring our A-games every night, or you get taken to the woodshed, and that's what happened. We've done it to other teams, and other teams have done it to us. We need to bring an A-level of aggressiveness to be able to compete every night."
The Cardinals broke the game open with a 19-2 run midway through the first half. Louisville eventually made 15 of its first 19 shots to take a 40-19 lead with 5:09 remaining in the opening frame.
St. John’s answered, however, as Malik Boothe and Malik Stith combined to score seven straight points to open a 12-4 run that brought the Red Storm to within 44-31 at halftime.
Knowles opened the second half with a 3-pointer as the Cardinals stayed hot. A Siva steal and fastbreak dunk later capped a 14-6 run to begin the half and give Louisville a 21-point advantage, 58-37, with 15:22 left in regulation.
Stith finished with 12 points, one shy of a career-high, while Justin Brownlee reached double-figures for the 15th time this season with an 11-point effort. St. John’s shot a season-high 94.4 percent (17-for-18) from the charity stripe and fired at a 44.9 percent clip (22-for-49) from the floor.
The Red Storm returns home to host No. 25 Cincinnati for a 4 p.m. game on Jan. 22 at Carnesecca Arena.