Fairleigh Dickinson vs Louisville

Dieng leads No. 5 Louisville past FDU

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino told Kyle Kuric to finally fill up a box score after not shooting enough in the opening month of the season.

The senior forward responded following the pregame pep talk.

Kuric scored 18 points and Gorgui Dieng added 14 points and 12 rebounds to lift No. 5 Louisville to an 80-58 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday - the Cardinals' 17th straight win at the KFC Yum! Center.

"I told him the speech before the game, `I'm tired of you not having an assist, I'm tired of you not having an offensive rebound,"' Pitino said. "He's still not shooting the ball enough. He's got shots and he's not taking them. He's got to shoot the ball more."

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Kuric finished with six rebounds, including three on the offensive end, to go with three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Still, he was frustrated at his 2-for-8 effort from 3-point range.

"I'm trying to do a lot of things. I was just taking what was there," Kuric said. "It wasn't falling today and coach just told me to keep shooting. I just tried to run the floor and get easy baskets."

Peyton Siva had 16 points and nine assists for Louisville, which is in the midst of a 10-game homestand that will get a lot tougher when the Cardinals host No. 21 Memphis next Saturday after finishing final exams this coming week.

Louisville (9-0) used a 10-0 run late in the first half to open up a 19-point advantage at the break and was never threatened in the second half.

George Goode, who played three seasons at Louisville before transferring to pursue a graduate degree, had 17 points and 12 rebounds for FDU (1-8). Melquan Bolding added 23 points for the Knights.

"I just loved it," Goode said. "I enjoyed every minute of it. I would never change it for the world. I was happy to be back."

In addition to Memphis, the Cardinals' upcoming schedule also features meetings with No. 18 Georgetown on Dec. 28 and top-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 31.

"We're happy with the win, now we've got a week to prepare for one of the more athletic teams in the country in Memphis and we still have a lot of improvements to make," Pitino said.

Louisville has already had seven different players sit out games this season with Saturday's absence of reserve guard Russ Smith (neck), but the Cardinals have relied on defense to remain undefeated.

Louisville took a double-digit lead midway through the first half, but there were plenty of teaching points with Pitino's team seeing a variety of zones for the first time.

"I thought the first 10 minutes we attacked the zone really, really well," the coach said. "I think the game was in hand, we just wanted to basically just work on things because we haven't seen too much zone."

Pitino called a timeout after Goode's putback dunk cut Louisville's lead to 27-18 when no one blocked out their former teammate, but Dieng grabbed an offensive rebound after the sideline chat and scored to spark a 10-0 run that made the margin 19 points with 2:39 left in the first half.

FDU, which has lost 19 of its last 20 on the road and was picked to finish last in the Northeast Conference, never came closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Siva, Elisha Justice, Mike Marra, Stephan Van Treese, Wayne Blackshear and Rakeem Buckles have all missed at least one game this season because of injury. Buckles returned from right knee surgery after missing nearly 10 months in a 90-60 victory over IUPUI on Wednesday, but he did not play against the Knights.

Goode, a role player at Louisville who received a degree in communications before leaving for the Knights, got a loud ovation during pregame and shook Pitino's hand after being introduced. He also scored the game's first points with a dunk, but FDU's lead would be short-lived.

Siva answered with two layups and Louisville never trailed the rest of the way thanks to Kuric's big effort.

"Kyle is always there," Siva said. "He's going to do a little bit of everything for us."

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Fairleigh Dickinson (1-8)253358
Louisville #5 (9-0) «443680
FRDICK:M. Bolding 23 Pts
FRDICK:G. Goode 12 Reb
FRDICK:L. Hayes 6 Ast
LOU:K. Kuric 18 Pts
LOU:G. Dieng 12 Reb
LOU:P. Siva 9 Ast

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Fairleigh DickinsonLouisville
Melquan Bolding
Kyle Kuric
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
G. Goode, F397-133-4121317
M. Bolding, G386-186-953223
L. Hayes, G372-111-11645
L. Robinson, G241-40-01142
M. Lo, F182-70-25024
K. Rochford, F222-30-510034
B. Smith, G111-30-00013
M. Seilund, F70-00-00210
D. Moody, G30-00-00000
A. Oyeniyi, F10-00-00000
S. Fernley, GDid Not Play
L. Larizza, GDid Not Play
Y. Jules, GDid Not Play
M. Jones, GDid Not Play
A. Avent Jr., FDid Not Play
Totals 21-5910-2134132058
Louisville Cardinals
P. Siva, G376-111-339116
K. Kuric, G-F307-142-463218
C. Smith, G222-72-22308
G. Dieng, C225-74-4120414
C. Behanan, F212-50-27134
J. Swopshire, F200-56-85016
T. Henderson, G162-30-02005
Z. Price, C152-52-45056
A. Nunez, F101-40-02003
M. Jackson, G70-20-02010
L. Hancock, FDid Not Play
R. Buckles, FDid Not Play
M. Marra, GDid Not Play
S. Van Treese, FDid Not Play
E. Justice, GDid Not Play
R. Smith, GDid Not Play
W. Blackshear, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 27-6317-2746161780
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Mt St Marys14-420-16150
St. Fran.-Pa.11-717-17257
Robert Morris9-914-19240
F. Dickinson9-911-19273
Sacred Heart8-1013-19304
St. Fran.-NY2-164-27348

Conference USA
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Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
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HOW 48 Final
CREI 71 Final
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Wash 80 Final
Cincinnati 53 Final
XAV 76
UNLV 51 Final
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Kansas 78
HARV 76 Final
BU 52
TROY 68 Final
Miss St 106
Michigan 90 Final
OAK 80
NAVY 59 Final
Missouri 84
Kentucky 72 Final
Indiana 73
G Wash 50 Final
Syracuse 85
LB St 78 Final
NC 84
ULM 54 Final
Tx A&M 67
GB 61 Final
MU 79
Mich St 74 Final