Harrell's 28 points lead #9 UofL over Pitt 69-56

Harrell's 28 points lead #9 UofL over Pitt 69-56

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and helped spur a 22-2 second half run that helped No. 9 Louisville beat Pittsburgh 69-56 on Wednesday night.

Strong shooting positioned the Panthers to take control with a 45-39 lead before the Cardinals (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) answered with an energetic 14-1 run including several baskets set up by their trademark pressure defense. Harrell was in the mix on both ends with blocked shots, rebounds and a couple of steals along with momentum-changing baskets.

Louisville held Pitt (16-9, 5-6) to just two late field goals over the final 12:05 to break it open and complete a season sweep. The Cardinals went cold for about the same length of time during Saturday's loss at No. 3 Virginia.

Terry Rozier scored 18 of his 22 points after halftime for the Cardinals, who shot 47 percent and outrebounded the Panthers 39-29.

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