LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 6 Louisville jumped to a 29-0 lead over the first 15:58 against Savannah State en route to an 87-26 blowout Monday night.
For a while the Cardinals (4-0) appeared headed toward pitching the NCAA's first shutout in a half since Duke led North Carolina 7-0 at halftime on Feb. 24, 1979, according to STATS. But Saadiq Muhammad's free throw with 4:02 remaining before halftime provided the Tigers' first point and Khalen Pinkett's jumper with 1:23 left ended their 0-for-23 shooting drought.
Savannah State (2-3) trailed 41-7 at the break behind 2-of-26 shooting (7.7 percent) as Louisville allowed its fewest points in a half since 1972-73. San Francisco (December 2010) and Cincinnati (March 1981) each scored 11 points.
Wayne Blackshear added 13 points, Terry Rozier had 11 and Chinanu Onuaku 10 with nine rebounds for the Cardinals.
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