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Cardinals finish with 9-0 run

12/11/2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Taquan Dean sank a 3-pointer with 1:09
left and Francisco Garcia capped an emotional day by scoring 24
points as Louisville defeated Seton Hall 80-71 on Wednesday night.

Garcia, Louisville's leading scorer, learned Tuesday that his
only brother, Hector Lopez, had been fatally shot in New York City.

He told Louisville coach Rick Pitino he wanted to play on
Wednesday and matched a career high by sinking five of 13 shots and
going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. Garcia also had five
rebounds and four assists and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line
in the final 35 seconds.

Luke Whitehead had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Dean added 13
for the Cardinals (3-1), who play No. 1 Florida on Saturday.

Andre Barrett scored 21 and Marcus Toney-el and J.R. Morris
added 15 apiece for Seton Hall (3-2).

Louisville led 33-31 at the half, and the Cardinals maintained a
slim lead until Barrett tied the game at 36-36 with a 3-pointer
with 17:49 left in the game.

Louisville went more than four minutes without a field goal in
the second half, and Seton Hall took its first lead at 61-60 on
Morris' steal and breakaway dunk with 5:10 remaining.

Garcia sank a free throw 10 seconds later to tie the game. He
missed his second try, but Louisville rebounded, and Garcia rattled
in a 3-pointer to put the Cardinals on top.

Kendall Dartez blocked a shot on Seton Hall's next possession,
and Garcia grabbed the loose ball and scored on a layup with 4:21
left for a 66-61 Louisville edge.

The Cardinals led by six when Barrett and Andre Sweet hit
back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 69.

The game was tied at 71-71 when Dean followed a flurry of
screens to the top of the key and sank his third 3-pointer of the
game to put Louisville ahead to stay.

Sweet missed a 3-pointer at the other end, and Garcia put the
game out of reach from the foul line.