Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Juan Palacios scored 19 points and David Padgett added 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading seventh-ranked Louisville to a 90-65 win over Prairie View A&M in the Colonial Classic at Freedom Hall.
Brandon Jenkins contributed 16 points and nine assists for the Cardinals (2-0), who returned to action after defeating Tennessee-Martin in the regular- season opener on November 19.
"This was a good game for us. Obviously, we wanted to get the victory and have nobody get hurt," Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino said. "Prairie View worked hard. They don't have the size or ability we do, but they worked their tails off."
Phillip Scott led the Panthers with 19 points. Anthony Oha added 15 points and Jeremy Wiley netted 12, as Prairie View (1-3) suffered its third straight loss.
The Cardinals pulled away from their halftime lead and grabbed a 63-43 cushion on a Palacios layup about seven minutes into the second half. Prairie View put together a 12-4 run to pull within 67-55 as Scott's three capped the surge and Wiley started it with five straight points.
Louisville then put the game away when Palacios knocked down a jumper to make it 74-59 with about 5 1/2 minutes to go in the game. The Cardinals held on for the win and posted their second straight triumph over the Panthers. Louisville notched a 100-76 victory over Prairie View on December 5, 1990.
"Louisville has an outstanding team, the guys play very hard," Panthers head coach Darrell Hawkins said. "Coach Pitino does a great job. I know people say they're struggling, but when you get a player back like David Padgett with 17 points and 10 rebounds, don't start writing the obituary just yet."
Padgett buried a jump shot early in the game to stake Louisville to a 13-4 advantage. The Panthers, though, pounced on the Cardinals and trimmed the lead to 23-22 on an Oha basket midway through the first half.
Louisville then scored 10 of the next 11 points for a 33-23 cushion. Taquan Dean capped the burst with a three-pointer and the Cardinals headed to the break with a 46-33 advantage.
Palacios led all scorers at halftime with 15 points, while Oha had 11 points.
The Cardinals had a 45-29 advantage on the boards...Terrence Williams had seven points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals...Dean finished with eight points, eight boards and five assists in the win.
12/03 16:56:51 ET