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Big men push No. 11 Louisville over Southern Illinois, 74-51

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville's frontcourt led the way over an outmatched opponent.

Mangok Mathiang scored 15 points to help No. 11 Louisville to a 74-51 victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-10 senior got the Cardinals (8-1) off to a hot start as he scored the team's first seven points, and Louisville settled in from there, extending the lead 21-4 in the game's first 8 minutes.

Sophomore Deng Adel, who finished with his first career double-double, said the team came out focused at the start.

''I think it was just our ball movement,'' said the 6-7 forward, who finished with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, besting the seven he grabbed against Boston College last February. ''Guys were looking to run. A lot of it was easy points. We threw it into the bigs a lot. Mangok ignited that run got a couple day post-ups.''

In making six of nine shots, Mathiang finished two points shy of his career high in just 22 minutes.

As Southern Illinois (5-4) came to the Yum! Center with no one taller than 6-9, Louisville used its size to its advantage. The Cardinals blocked nine shots and outrebounded the Salukis 43-31.

Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said he knew there would be a bit of a shock factor in play, and he thought his team got over that as they cut the Louisville lead to 37-26 at halftime, thanks to an 8-0 run over the final 1:32. However, in the first 4 minutes of the second half, Louisville built the lead back to 18 points.

''Their length, obviously, their size bothered us, specifically in the first half,'' Hinson said. ''You've got to give credit to coach (Rick) Pitino. They went down at us. We knew they were going to.''

Jaylen Johnson, a 6-9 junior, finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Mathiang, Johnson, 7-footer Matz Stockman and 6-10 Ray Spalding combined to shoot 15 of 20, with all the baskets coming inside the paint.

''We have size,'' Pitino said. ''We throw to the low post. If they're not doubling, then we're going to get easy shots.''

Sean O'Brien led the Salukis with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Mike Rodriguez added 15 points.

BIG PICTURE

Southern Illinois: For the third time this season, the Salukis fell to a Power Five foe on the road and all of the losses have been by double digits. Not only could the Salukis not deal with Louisville's size, they also failed to stretch out the Cardinals' defense as they made just 5 of 24 3-point shots.

Louisville: For a team that has struggled at times on offense, the Cardinals looked strong in the first half. Even without Anas Mahmoud, their main big man who missed his second game because of a concussion, Louisville's frontcourt more than held its own against the smaller Salukis. Four Cardinals who stand 6-9 or taller combined to go 8 of 10 from the field in the first half, helping the team shoot 55.2 percent in the first 20 minutes.

HE SAID IT

''I don't think we're great at anything. I think we're good at a lot of things. I don't think we're great at anything, but we hope to get there, though . in a hurry.'' Pitino, assessing his team in the post-game news conference. Two weeks from tonight, the Cardinals will host No. 6 Kentucky, starting a three-game, 10-day stretch against teams currently ranked 14th or higher.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Louisville got out to a hot start, and while the shooting cooled to just 36.7 percent in the second half, the Cardinals still built the lead to as many as 25 points in the second half. The Cardinals did as most expected, enabling them to stay on the fringe of the Top 10, ready to re-enter should a higher ranked team fall this weekend.

UP NEXT

Southern Illinois returns home to play Sam Houston State on Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, Louisville hosts Texas Southern, which lost 74-70 to the Salukis on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by V.J. King 6.0
  Sean Lloyd missed jump shot 8.0
+ 2 Matz Stockman made hook shot 21.0
+ 1 Mike Rodriguez made 3rd of 3 free throws 35.0
  Mike Rodriguez missed 2nd of 3 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Mike Rodriguez made 1st of 3 free throws 35.0
  Shooting foul on David Levitch 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Austin Weiher 1:03
  Matz Stockman missed jump shot 1:05
  Offensive rebound by Matz Stockman 1:18
  Tyler Sharpe missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:20
Team Stats
Points 51 74
Field Goals 19-54 (35.2%) 27-59 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 5-24 (20.8%) 4-17 (23.5%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 16-26 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 31 43
Offensive 5 12
Defensive 25 29
Team 1 2
Assists 8 13
Steals 7 8
Blocks 3 9
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo So. Illinois 5-4 262551
home team logo 11 Louisville 8-1 373774
Team Stats
away team logo So. Illinois 5-4 68.0 PPG 36.5 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo 11 Louisville 8-1 76.3 PPG 39.5 RPG 13.7 APG
Key Players
00
M. Rodriguez G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
M. Mathiang F/C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Rodriguez G 15 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
M. Mathiang F/C 15 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
35.2 FG% 45.8
20.8 3PT FG% 23.5
72.7 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. O'Brien 15 11 2 6/10 2/5 1/2 5 34 0 1 2 1 10
M. Rodriguez 15 2 4 5/9 1/2 4/5 2 35 0 0 3 0 2
A. Fletcher 8 8 1 3/13 1/8 1/1 2 33 5 1 1 2 6
T. Bol 6 1 0 3/7 0/0 0/1 3 20 1 0 0 1 0
L. Vincent 3 0 1 1/7 1/6 0/0 1 26 0 0 6 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. O'Brien 15 11 2 6/10 2/5 1/2 5 34 0 1 2 1 10
M. Rodriguez 15 2 4 5/9 1/2 4/5 2 35 0 0 3 0 2
A. Fletcher 8 8 1 3/13 1/8 1/1 2 33 5 1 1 2 6
T. Bol 6 1 0 3/7 0/0 0/1 3 20 1 0 0 1 0
L. Vincent 3 0 1 1/7 1/6 0/0 1 26 0 0 6 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Stradnieks 2 2 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 16 0 0 1 0 2
A. Cook 2 4 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 2 12 0 0 0 0 4
A. Weiher 0 2 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 1 1
J. Wiley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Lloyd 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 13 1 1 2 0 0
T. Smithpeters - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Gooch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Cherestal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 51 30 8 19/54 5/24 8/11 20 200 7 3 16 5 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mathiang 15 6 0 6/9 0/0 3/4 1 22 0 1 1 2 4
D. Adel 12 12 2 6/12 0/2 0/1 2 26 0 0 1 2 10
J. Johnson 9 10 0 3/4 0/0 3/7 2 25 1 6 3 5 5
Q. Snider 9 1 4 2/8 2/4 3/4 0 23 0 0 0 0 1
D. Mitchell 7 3 3 2/8 1/5 2/4 0 26 2 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mathiang 15 6 0 6/9 0/0 3/4 1 22 0 1 1 2 4
D. Adel 12 12 2 6/12 0/2 0/1 2 26 0 0 1 2 10
J. Johnson 9 10 0 3/4 0/0 3/7 2 25 1 6 3 5 5
Q. Snider 9 1 4 2/8 2/4 3/4 0 23 0 0 0 0 1
D. Mitchell 7 3 3 2/8 1/5 2/4 0 26 2 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Spalding 8 4 0 3/3 0/0 2/2 1 17 2 0 1 1 3
M. Stockman 7 2 1 3/4 0/0 1/2 2 16 1 1 3 2 0
V. King 3 3 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 3
T. Hicks 2 0 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 14 2 0 2 0 0
D. Levitch 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0
R. McMahon 0 0 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0
T. Sharpe 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Mahmoud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 41 13 27/59 4/17 16/26 14 200 8 9 12 12 29