Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Wayne Blackshear scored 19 points, as 11th- ranked Louisville defeated Rutgers, 68-48, on Wednesday.
Blackshear shot 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, for the Cardinals (19-4, 7-3 Big East), who have won three straight games to pull within a half-game of Syracuse and Marquette for the top spot in the conference. Russ Smith recorded 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Rutgers (12-9, 3-7), which has lost five consecutive games, had trouble shooting throughout the night and was limited to 32.0 percent shooting from the field. Eli Carter had a team-high 13 points in the setback.
Louisville led 28-26 at halftime, but an early dunk by Rutgers' Wally Judge tied the game at 28-28.
However, a three by Blackshear sparked a 13-0 surge for the Cardinals over the next 3 1/2 minutes to give them a 41-28 advantage.
Austin Johnson's uncontested layup at the 15:11 mark stopped the bleeding for the Scarlet Knights, but Louisville opened it up with a 10-0 run, capped off by 3-pointers by Luke Hancock and Smith to give them a 51-30 lead with 11:48 to go.
In the closing minutes, Louisville led by as many as 25 points.
Rutgers was unable to do much in the second half, shooting just 25 percent, including 1-of-8 from three-point range.
Carter scored 11 points in the first half ... Louisville is 11-1 all-time against Rutgers, with its lone loss coming on Jan. 28, 2006.
02/06 22:45:31 ET
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