LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith scored 27 points and Luke Hancock added 16 to help No. 12 Louisville pull away from Central Florida 87-70 on Saturday night.
Despite several rough spots that allowed the Knights to stay close, the Cardinals (18-4, 7-2 American Athletic Conference) stayed safely ahead by making 52 percent from the field. Smith's 9-of-14 shooting included a pair of 3-pointers and led the way for Louisville.
Montrezl Harrell had 14 points and seven rebounds and Wayne Blackshear added 10 points as Louisville bounced back from Thursday night's loss to No. 13 Cincinnati.
Tristan Spurlock scored 20 points for UCF (9-10, 1-7), but he and leading scorer Isaiah Sykes (eight points) spent nearly seven minutes of the second half on the bench with four fouls each.
Louisville took advantage of their absences to outscore the Knights 48-28 in the paint.
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