A quick look at the University of Louisville's 80-54 victory over Samford.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Gorgui Dieng keeps becoming more versatile. The 6-11 junior did a little of everything -- 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals -- and contributed on both ends.
STAT OF THE GAME: U of L outrebounded Samford 53-28 behind a game-high 18 boards by Chane Behanan, who made his first start of the season after being suspended for the Cards' two exhibitions and coming off the bench in the opener against Manhattan. Behanan and Dieng by themselves outrebounded Samford 31-28.
CHESS MOVE: U of L coach Rick Pitino was determined to try to get sophomore Wayne Blackshear on track in this one. The sophomore made his second career start, scored the first basket of the game and in general looked more active than he's been as a Cardinal. Blackshear finished with 13 points and a career-high five rebounds in 24 minutes.
WATCHING PAINT DRY: An unusual stat -- in the first half, U of L outscored Samford 24-0 in the paint.
BACKCOURT BRICKS: The starting backcourt of Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock shot a combined 2-for-19 from the field. Siva finished with seven points, seven assists and three steals. Hancock, who was 1-for-10 from three-point range, finished with four. Pitino said Hancock is pressing at this point, and he'll likely go with Siva, Russ Smith and Blackshear at the 1, 2 and 3 spots in the Bahamas, until Hancock gets back on track. Smith led U of L in scoring for a second straight game with 18 points, but caught some postgame heat from Pitino for failing to hand out an assist.
THREE-POINT TAKEDOWN: U of L took only eight three-pointers in the first half and shot 15-for-36 (41.7 percent) in taking a 42-13 lead. The Cards then fired up 23 threes in the second half (taking only 13 two-point shots), making only six (26.1 percent). As a result, U of L shot just 36.1 percent in the second half and outscored Samford only 41-38.
QUOTE: "We didn't play like a veteran team in the second half. We played like we were watching the scoreboard. ... We got better in the first half. We didn't get better in the second. I was really disappointed in the guys in the second half." -- U of L coach Rick Pitino
Check back later on WDRB.com for an Eric Crawford column on the game, plus full coverage on WDRB-41 sports on television at 10:45 p.m.
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