PV A&M 65

(1-3, 0-3 away)

(7) Louisville 90

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    1:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    1 2 T
    PV 33 3265
    #7LOU 46 4490

    Top Performers

    Prairie View: A. Oha 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Louisville: D. Padgett 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Padgett records double-double to lead Louisville

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville center David Padgett held the ball at the top of the key, made one quick dribble and tried to underhand a pass through the lane to wide-open teammate Juan Palacios.

    The ball, however, deflected off a surprised Palacios and out of bounds.

    It might take awhile for Padgett's new teammates to get used to a big man who passes like a guard.

    The turnover was one of Padgett's few missteps during Louisville's (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) 90-65 win over Prairie View A&M in the Colonial Classic.

    Playing in his first game in almost two years -- he sat out last season after transferring from Kansas to Louisville -- Padgett finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinals (2-0) overcame two weeks of rust to run by the Panthers (1-3) in the second half.

    "It was awesome being out there, I was looking for that for a year," Padgett said. "I was extremely nervous, but that's not unusual, I get nervous every game."

    Padgett played 27 minutes and showed no ill effects from a sprained left knee suffered during an intrasquad game three weeks ago.

    "I always set high expectations," Padgett said. "I always try to play within my game. My teammates got the ball to me in position to score."

    Palacios led the Cardinals with 19 points and Louisville shot 59 percent from the floor in the second half. The Cardinals out-rebounded Prairie View 45-29 and forced 22 turnovers. Phillip Scott led the Panthers with 19 points, but Padgett made sure there would be no upset.

    Showcasing the deft shooting touch and floor vision coach Rick Pitino has been talking about since he transferred following the 2003-04 season, Padgett shot 7-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line while adding four assists.

    "He's out of shape, but for the shape he's in, he played great," Pitino said. "He hasn't played basketball in three weeks, but under the circumstances, he played awesome."

    During one sequence midway through the second half, Padgett took a pass at the left elbow then hit a cutting Dean for a layup. On the next trip, Dean returned the favor, lobbing the ball the length of the floor to Padgett.

    "I know a lot of people didn't know what to expect (out of Padgett)," Palacios said. "He's 6-11 and can run the floor like a point guard. He's a real smart guy who knows where everybody is."

    It was a remarkable turnaround from the last time Padgett played in front of a crowd. During a scrimmage on Nov. 12. Padgett fell to the floor clutching his knee and immediately feared the worst. Three weeks later, he ran the floor with relative ease.

    "The knee felt good and once the game started I didn't have any problems," Padgett said. "I'm not in shape. Once I slowed down, I got tired."

    Louisville's pressure helped the Cardinals build an eight-point lead early, but the Panthers were able to cut it to one midway through the first half.

    The Cardinals were able to push the lead to 46-33 at the half before extending it over the final 20 minutes as Louisville's size and depth wore down their opponents from the Southwest Athletic Conference.

    Louisville hosts Arkansas State in the second round of the Colonial Classic on Sunday while the Panthers will take on Richmond. Arkansas State beat Richmond 56-37 on Saturday in the opening round of the Classic.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 65 90
    FG Made-Attempted 25-63 (.397) 36-68 (.529)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 13-19 (.684)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 25

    2005-06 Season

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