Sixth Ranked Louisville Rolls Past Jackson State 84-53

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -Earl Clark had 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 6 Louisville to an 84-53 victory over Jackson State on Sunday.

Andre McGee matched his career-high with 18 points and Derrick Caracter had 11 points and eight rebounds as Louisville (2-0) had little trouble with the Tigers (0-4).

A day after Terrence Williams recorded the third triple-double in school history, Clark nearly matched the feat. Feeding teammates from the high post, he hit cutters driving to the basket and looked comfortable handling the ball in the open floor.

Louisville center David Padgett scored nine points in 12 minutes before leaving the game late in the first half after injuring his right knee while setting a pick. He limped to the training room and spent the second half watching from the bench with his knee wrapped in ice.

Padgett underwent surgery on both knees following the 2005-06 season, but should be available Wednesday when the Cardinals play at UNLV.

Though Clark struggled to find his shot early, he made up for it by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line, something he rarely did last year as a skinny freshman.

The hot shooting that led the Cardinals to a 35-point rout of Hartford on Saturday abandoned them against the Tigers. Louisville shot just 43 percent from the field and made just six 3-pointers against Jackson State - 16 less than the school-record 22 they poured in against the Hawks.

No matter. With Clark and McGee leading the way, Louisville overpowered the Tigers. The Cardinals outrebounded Jackson State 53-39 and blocked seven shots, including three by Clark.

The Cardinals, who looked sloppy trying to press Hartford, had more success against the Tigers. Louisville forced the defending SWAC champions into 17 turnovers and held the Tigers to 30 percent shooting from the floor, including just 26 percent in the second half.

Darrion Griffin led the Tigers (0-4) with 15 points and Grant Maxey added 10 points for the Tigers, but Jackson State wore down against Louisville's relentless pressure.

The Tigers hung close early and trailed by just three late in the first half, but Louisville pulled away with a 25-9 run spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half.

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