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No. 4 Louisville soars past Chicago State

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Taquan Dean had four three-pointers and finished with 21 points, as fourth-ranked Louisville beat Chicago State, 78-54, at Freedom Hall.

Dean went 8-of-13 from the field and also added eight rebounds and three assists for Louisville (6-0), which has won five of its games this season by double digits.

Brandon Jenkins chipped in 14 points, while David Padgett hit all five of his field goal attempts to finish with 12 points in the win.

David Holston scored a team-high 17 points and went 5-for-8 from three-point range for the Cougars (1-6), who have lost four straight. Kevin Jones Jr. added 12 points and Royce Parran had 10 points and three steals in defeat.

Up by just three points at the break, the Cardinals ripped off a 10-3 charge to open the second half and assume a 42-32 lead. Jenkins scored five points in the spurt, including a pair of free throws to cap the run.

Midway through the second Padgett hit back-to-back layups to extend the advantage to 15, and Louisville cruised the rest of the way.

"I think we had a better offensive scheme in the second half," said Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino. "We didn't attack them properly (in the early going). We were really careless, which is something we haven't been with the ball."

Dean went 5-of-6 from the field in the first half to help stake Louisville to a 32-29 advantage at the break.

The Cardinals sprinted out to an 18-4 lead to start the game. Dean had two three-pointers during the surge, which was capped by Terrence Williams' shot from behind the arc with about 13 minutes left.

Louisville went up by as many as 13 on a Brian Johnson slam midway through the stanza, but Chicago State responded with an 18-4 run to erase the deficit and assume a short-lived one-point lead.

Louisville scored the last four points in the half to take a three-point edge into the locker room.

"Our game plan worked for the first half," said Chicago State head coach Kevin Jones. "I knew (Pitino) would go in the locker room and really get on his guys."

Game Notes

This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools...Dean has led his team in scoring in five of its six games this season...Louisville outrebounded Chicago State 42-22...Williams finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

12/14 00:58:42 ET

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