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Final

(10) Louisville 58

(11-1, 1-1 away)

Miami (FL) 43

(7-6, 0-1 ACC)

4:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

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#10LOU 34 2458
MIA 24 1943

Top Performers

Louisville: T. Dean 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Miami (FL): A. King 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

No. 10 Cards use late 17-0 run to put away Miami

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 10 Louisville turned to its defense to help overcome a lengthy offensive drought in the second half of Saturday's 58-43 victory over Miami.

"We score in bunches," Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said. "When we did it, we fed off our defense."

Juan Palacios scored 19 points and hit two 3-pointers in a late 17-0 run for the Cardinals in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Taquan Dean had 13 points and David Padgett added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals (11-1). Dean and Padgett each played after picking up a fourth personal foul midway through the second half.

Robert Hite scored 15 points and Anthony Harris had 10 for Miami (7-6), which shot 25 percent (13-of-52).

Guillermo Diaz, the Hurricanes' leading scorer, was held scoreless for the second time in his career. The junior missed all 10 shots, including four 3-pointers, and a free throw.

"I don't have this kind of game against good teams. I usually come out and play ... but it happens," said Diaz, who entered the game averaging 22.7 points against 10 ranked opponents the past two seasons.

Louisville's aggressive defense often resulted in guard Brandon Jenkins being near Diaz.

"That was my assignment -- not making it so comfortable for him," Jenkins said.

Louisville, which had one field goal in the first 14:38 of the second half, trailed 39-38 before Terrence Williams made two free throws and then hit a corner jumper to give the Cardinals a three-point lead. Palacios followed by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to give Louisville a 48-39 lead with 3:39 left.

Following a timeout, the Cardinals scored the next seven points to make it a 17-0 run. Hite's two free throws with 1:23 left ended the spurt.

"We didn't panic," said Palacios, one of several Cardinals who played despite a stomach virus. "I knew if we kept playing defense we'd be fine."

Louisville failed to score during the first 6:53 of the second half, while Miami scored nine points to pull within 34-33.

Trailing 38-33, Miami scored six straight points to take its first lead of the game. Hite's slam finished a fast break and gave the Hurricanes a 39-38 edge with 7:27 left. Miami failed to score in the next 6:04.

"We fought so hard to get back into the game and for us to fall apart, it's tough," Hite said.

Louisville made four 3-pointers -- the first two by Palacios -- in building a 16-5 lead 5:01 into the game. Miami failed to get within six the rest of the half as the Cardinals took a 34-24 lead.

Diaz failed to score in double figures for just the second time in 40 games, and went scoreless for the first time since facing South Carolina State on Nov. 23, 2004.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
MIA
Points 58 43
FG Made-Attempted 20-57 (.351) 13-52 (.250)
3P Made-Attempted 9-23 (.391) 2-15 (.133)
FT Made-Attempted 9-12 (.750) 15-23 (.652)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 16 1

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