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CRAWFORD | Three takeaways: After a rough week, Cardinals stop the bleeding at FSU

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WDRB) — Where did these guys come from. The University of Louisville basketball team, with four full preparation days on life without Chris Jones, unleashed a flurry of passing and offensive movement in the second half against Florida State, rolling to a 81-59 victory to close the month of February at 23-6.

The Cardinals totaled 20 assists -- just one shy of their season high -- and got 18 points from Wayne Blackshear in one of his best all-around games of the season. The Cards used a 15-1 run midway through the second half to take command, then Florida State managed a run of its own, but couldn't get closer than 17 down the stretch.

"We responded the way you would expect a great team to respond," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. ". . . That was the best team basketball we've played all year."

Seven different players scored for the Cards, who finished 30-63 from the field for 48.4 percent, including 11-18 from three-point range.

It was, overall, the Cardinals' most efficient offensive performance in ACC play — 38 scores on 70 possessions.

Some highlights, with a full column to come.

1. REMEMBER ANTON GILL? He had scored 15 points since January 1. He erupted for 14 on Saturday. He gave the Cards a huge first-half lift, with Florida State blanketing leading scorer Terry Rozier and holding him scoreless in the half. U of L led by 10 at the break anyway, thanks to the play of Gill, who had eight points in the half, and balanced scoring, including 13 points off the bench. 

2. ROZIER POSTS CAREER HIGH IN ASSISTS. Terry Rozier's shot hasn't been the same over the past couple of weeks, but he was dishing to everyone else on Saturday. He had eight assists and still finished with 10 points.

3. BLACKSHEAR BALANCED. The senior scored from three-point range, on back-door layups, on drives and on a couple of fast-break baskets. He had four rebounds, and was a positive force on the court, encouraging teammates and bringing energy. He finished 7-13 from the field and 2-6 from three-point range.

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