LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rick Pitino liked most of what he saw
from his Louisville team Saturday.
The Cardinals converted 24 points off 17 Austin Peay turnovers,
but Pitino wasn't happy with how his team defended the Governors'
"People forgot to defend the 3. You don't put your hands up
like a mannequin. That drives me crazy," he said.
The Governors (3-5) shot 34 percent (20-of-59) from the field,
but 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from 3-point range.
"You can't get into a lot of those department stores right
now," Pitino quipped. "If you could, you might see Luke and Larry
O'Bannon posing as mannequins.
"(Luke) thinks you get all the girls by scoring points,"
Pitino said. "I've talked to a lot of student-athletes on campus,
girls. They tell me they would much rather date a guy who passes
the ball and creates a steal."
Garcia also had eight assists, matching a career high, and went
over 20 points for the fourth straight game as Louisville won its
20th straight nonconference home game.
Pitino was worried about the game, a rematch of a first-round
matchup in last season's NCAA tournament. The Cardinals won that
"I did not want to schedule Austin Peay," he said. "If we
play them on a neutral court, it would've gone down to the final
minute. On their court, they would've beaten us."
Adrian Henning had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the
Governors, who have lost three of four.
The Cardinals turned to their full-court pressure to break open
a close game midway through the first half.
Up 18-16, Louisville forced Austin Peay's fifth turnover and
Otis George dunked at the other end to start an 11-1 run.
The Governors coughed up turnovers on two of their next three
possessions and the Cardinals converted both miscues into layups.
"We played hard, just not very well," said Austin Peay coach
Dave Loos. "I can't fault our effort."
Anthony Davis' rebound basket with 5:49 left ended a six-minute
field goal drought for Austin Peay.
Corey Gipson sank a 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining to draw the
Governors to 37-29. But Garcia hit his second 3-pointer of the game
15 seconds later and added a fast-break layup to push Louisville's
lead back into double-digits.
"There were several points in the game when they could have
blown us away," Loos said.
Taquan Dean, who scored 11 points, said the Cardinals pulled
away in spite of themselves.
"We didn't follow our game plan on offense or defense," he
said. "We didn't focus every play down the floor."
Davis and Henning hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the second
half, cutting the Governors' 12-point deficit in half.
The Cardinals answered with a quick 8-0 burst, capped by Kendall
Dartez's transition layup off a Garcia assist with 17:13 left in
"In practice, I look for my teammates. I tell them where they
need to be," Garcia said. "During the game, if they're there, I
find them. I try to get everybody involved."
The Governors got within 10, but Alhaji Mohammed and Taquan Dean
swished 3-pointers during another 8-0 Louisville spurt.
Austin Peay gradually chipped the Cardinals' 18-point lead to
nine, but Garcia had a midcourt steal and hit two free throws 4:34
remaining to stall the Governors' comeback.
"We broke down defensively when we got the big lead," said
Garcia. "We laid back. Coach told us to keep working, keep playing
The Cardinals play VMI on Tuesday night before next Saturday's
showdown at Kentucky.
"We'll get to Kentucky," Whitehead said. "We can't look over
anyone right now."
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Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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