Louisville 59

(13-6, 3-2 Big East)

DePaul 50

(12-8, 3-3 Big East)

12:00 PM ET, January 20, 2007

Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

1 2 T
LOU 26 3359
DEP 26 2450

Top Performers

Louisville: J. Palacios 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

DePaul: W. Chandler 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Louisville 59, DePaul 50

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Juan Palacios scored 21 points and Louisville pulled away from DePaul on Saturday afternoon for a 59-50 victory, their second road win in a row.

The Blue Demons had trimmed a 43-33 deficit to 43-42 with 6:17 to play, but DePaul missed four consecutive free throws and the Cardinals (13-6, 3-2 Big East) came away with the win.

Palacios scored 15 of his points in the first half. Terrence Williams was 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the closing minutes and finished with 11 points. Wilson Chandler led DePaul (12-8, 3-3 Big East) with 19 points.

As DePaul struggled to get anything going on offense, Louisville took a 41-31 lead thanks to a 9-0 run. The Blue Demons went more than six minutes without a field goal until center Keith Butler's tip-in reduced Louisville's lead to 43-35 with 9:31 to play.

The lead dipped to 43-42 when Sammy Mejia stole the ball at midcourt and found Draelon Burns breaking toward the basket. Burns made the layup and converted the three-point play with 6:17 on the clock.

Missed free throws allowed Louisville to keep its slim lead. Burns missed the front end of two one-and-bonus situations over the next minute, and Mejia missed both free throws of a double bonus.

The Cardinals got off to a rough start, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, which allowed DePaul to take a 13-5 lead. Palacios, who hadn't taken a shot at that point, went on to score 10 consecutive points for Louisville, including two 3-pointers, to trim DePaul's lead to 17-15 with 8:55 remaining in the half.

Louisville took its first lead on freshman guard Edgar Sosa's 3-pointer, putting the Cardinals up 20-19 with 4:30 remaining. Chandler, who led DePaul with 10 first-half points, scored the final basket of the half to level the score at 26-26. Sophomore guard Andre McGee, who missed Louisville's past three games because of a strained quadriceps tendon, came off the bench to score seven second-half points.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 59 50
FG Made-Attempted 20-54 (.370) 19-54 (.352)
3P Made-Attempted 7-27 (.259) 3-15 (.200)
FT Made-Attempted 12-19 (.632) 9-18 (.500)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 8

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