NCAA Game Summary - Louisville at Butler
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: (8) Louisville 69, Butler 53
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Kyle Kuric scored 17 points, Chris Smith had 15 and No. 8 Louisville pulled away in the last 12 minutes of the game to beat Butler, 69-53, on Saturday.
Louisville (3-0) didn't take its first lead until the final seconds before halftime. It used an 11-2 run in the second half to pull away for the 16-point win.
Khyle Marshall scored 20 points to lead Butler (1-2) and Chase Stigall added 11.
The Cardinals were the highest-ranked team to play on Butler's home court since No. 5 North Carolina visited in 1992 and beat the Bulldogs, 103-56.
Butler scored the first five points against Louisville and held the lead for all but one possession, a 15-15 tie, until Jared Swopshire's layup in the final seconds gave the Cardinals a 29-28 edge at halftime.
Louisville pushed its lead to six early in the second half, but quickly found itself in a fight again until Smith's jumper and three-point play sparked an 11-2 run inside 12 minutes.
Smith scored nine points during the surge, which made it 51-43 with 9:41 remaining in the game, and Butler was never closer than six the rest of the way.
Louisville shot 51.1 percent and took a 6-5 lead in the all-time series with Butler...The Bulldogs shot 39.1 percent, including just 4-for-18 from three- point range (22.2 percent)...Swopshire had eight points off the bench, while Russ Smith scored nine.
11/19 16:33:51 ET