LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - #24 Memphis scored the final 7 points of the game to upset #12 Louisville 73-67 on Thursday night at the KFC YUM! Center.
It was the Cards American Athletic Conference home opener. UofL falls to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the AAC. The TIgers improve to 11-3, 2-1.
Luke Hancock scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, but Memphis led 36-33 at the half.
When Chris Jones found Montrezl Harrell for a baseline slam with 13:49 remaining, UofL led it 43-39.
Russ Smith added 19 for the Cards, hitting a three-pointer at the 9:25 mark for a 50-48 UofL lead.
Harrell scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, slamming home another dunk with 3:50 remaining to make it 64-59. Memphis regained the lead, and when Harrell converted a lob from Hancock with 2:12 left, it was 67-66 Cards. They would not score again.
Memphis scored the final seven points of the game, including a controversial basket by Joe Jackson with :40 seconds left. Harrell appeared to block the shot out of bounds, but was called for goal tending. Replays appeared to show the ball had just left Jackson's hand.
"We got confused a couple times with the game on the line with what defense we were in," UofL head coach Rick Pitino said. "We didn't get confused one time last year. I don't know what's so difficult about it, for some reason we get. We probably can't play as many defenses, although there's only two,"
Harrell was just as frustrated in the locker room. "It's the same story, you get tired of hearing the same story over and over and over. On the defensive end is where we're getting killed."
UofL is back home on Sunday for 1 p.m. against SMU (11-3, 1-1). The Mustangs are coached by Larry Brown.
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