Arkansas State 55

(2-4, 0-3 away)

(7) Louisville 67

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    7:05 PM ET, December 4, 2005

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    ARST 22 3355
    #7LOU 27 4067

    Top Performers

    Arkansas St: D. Tipler 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Louisville: T. Dean 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dean hits six 3-pointers to lead Louisville

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Taquan Dean's shooting slump didn't last long.

    The Louisville guard made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points as the seventh-ranked Cardinals overcame a sluggish first half to pull away from Arkansas State 67-55 at the Colonial Classic on Sunday.

    Dean knocked down three shots from beyond the arc during a decisive 19-4 run in the second half when Louisville (3-0) shook free of the Indians (2-4) in the final 10 minutes.

    "He's the target on everybody's blackboard," said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino of Dean. "Taquan is the man. Every coach is screaming 'Don't let him shoot.' "

    Dean entered the game shooting just 27 percent from the field, including 19 percent from 3-point range. It looked like his struggles would continue against the Indians, as he missed six of his first nine shots, most of them long jumpers that bounced harmlessly off the rim.

    A quick diagnosis on his jumper from Pitino at halftime set Dean straight.

    "I was moving back on my jump shot, I wasn't landing in the same place," Dean said. "Coach told me that at halftime, now I feel more comfortable with my shot. I feel I'm in a little groove now."

    Juan Palacios had seven points and nine rebounds, Brandon Jenkins scored 11 points, and David Padgett added five points, five rebounds and four assists for Louisville.

    Dereke Tipler led Arkansas State with 20 points, most coming in the first half on an array of circus shots that allowed the Indians to keep it close.

    "We executed well and didn't back down," said Arkansas State head coach Dickey Nutt.

    Arkansas State grabbed a 20-19 lead in the first half on a 3-pointer by Isaac Wells as the Cardinals either rushed shots or took poor ones in an effort to spark the offense.

    "Veterans should know better," Pitino said. "We learned a valuable lesson of when to shoot and when not to shoot. When we pass the ball and screen we're a good shooting team. If you take bad shots, no matter how good a shooter you are, it's not going to go in."

    Louisville closed the half with an 8-2 run, but the Panthers cut the deficit to 34-32 with just over 13 minutes to play as Louisville continued to misfire.

    Only Louisville's defense kept the Cardinals in front, forcing the Indians to run 25 to 30 seconds off the shot clock every time down the floor.

    "We got more pressure on them, got in their face and disrupted their offense," Jenkins said.

    Eventually, Louisville's offense caught up, with Dean leading the way -- going 6-for-11 from long range.

    "(Dean) basically has a green light," Nutt said. "He can score anytime. When you have a player like that, it makes it tough to defend."

    The exempt tournament was played with the international 3-point line of 20-feet-9 inches, a foot behind the college line.

    The added distance didn't seem to bother Dean this time.

    Neither did a sore right knee that he banged twice against Prairie View. Dean showed no ill effects during a dynamic four-minute stretch in the second half that saw the Cardinals finally hit their stride.

    "Sure (the knee) was bother me, but I can't play if I'm not sore," Dean said.

    After shooting just 33 percent in the first half, Louisville made half of its shots in the second half.

    "We got a good victory," Pitino said. "We didn't turn the ball over much (and) we worked very hard at the defensive end."

    Louisville will finish the Classic on Monday against Richmond. Arkansas State will face Prairie View, which was beaten 62-48 by Richmond on Sunday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 67
    FG Made-Attempted 21-51 (.412) 25-61 (.410)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 10-30 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 7-12 (.583)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 18

    2005-06 Season

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