Louisville beats Cincinnati for Big East Championship

A low scoring first half led to a pretty close come-back by the Bearcats, who fell short of a great comeback to the unranked Louisville Cardinals. The final score was 50-44.

These former Conference USA teams played decent defense, but as for much of the tournament, Louisville was the better one.

“We did a lot of really good things defensively,” Head Coach Pitino said. “We knew it was going to take defense to win this game.” -ESPN.com

Mar 10, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals players celebrate with the trophy after winning the championship game against the Cincinnati Bearcats of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Louisville won 50-44. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Guard Peyton Siva was the tournament MVP, and he was the key reason Louisville played so well. He averaged around 15 points and 6 assists for the whole tournament. Atruly special week for this kid, and he deserves it.

Here’s the box score from the game.

 

Louisville Cardinals
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kyle Kuric, G-F 34 4-7 2-4 3-3 0 4 1 0 0 1 1 13
Chane Behanan, F 26 1-7 0-0 1-1 0 8 0 0 1 0 0 3
Gorgui Dieng, C 40 2-5 0-0 1-2 4 10 0 0 3 3 4 5
Chris Smith, G 25 6-10 3-6 0-0 1 3 2 1 0 3 2 15
Peyton Siva, G 36 4-10 0-2 2-2 0 4 5 0 0 4 3 10
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jared Swopshire, F 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Elisha Justice, G 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russ Smith, G 18 0-7 0-1 4-4 0 2 2 3 0 3 1 4
Wayne Blackshear, G-F 6 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
17-48 5-14 11-12 6 33 11 4 4 14 11 50
35.4% 35.7% 91.7%

Cincinnati Bearcats

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Sean Kilpatrick, G 33 2-9 1-4 0-0 1 3 2 1 1 0 1 5
Jaquon Parker, G 32 5-9 0-1 0-4 0 7 0 1 0 1 3 10
Yancy Gates, F 36 4-10 0-1 1-1 2 6 0 0 0 1 2 9
Dion Dixon, G 27 2-8 0-3 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 4
Cashmere Wright, G 30 7-12 2-4 0-0 1 2 2 2 0 5 2 16
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Justin Jackson, F 28 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 1 6 2 3 0
Ge’Lawn Guyn, G 10 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0
Cheikh Mbodj, C 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
20-51 3-14 1-7 6 26 6 7 7 11 14 44
39.2% 21.4% 14.3%

 

 

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