The Cardinal basketball team continued what has been a great week for the University of Louisville. Coach Rick Pitino's basketball team escaped past Illinois State 69-66 on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center. The Cards trailed for most of the game, but were fueled by 44 combined points from guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.
In the frontcourt, Chane Behanan added 15 points, while Stephan Van Treese grabbed eight rebounds as the Cards improved to 5-1 on the season. CardinalSports.com caught up the team and delivers the latest post-game reaction From the Locker Room
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Louisville Post-Game Notes •Louisville improved to 2-0 all-time against Illinois State.
•The Cardinals moved to 4-0 at home this season and 39-6 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center (.866 winning percentage).
•After entering the game ranked No. 7 nationally in turnover margin at +7.3 per game, Louisville was +7 in Saturday's win (22-15).
•Saturday marked the sixth time in seven games this season the Cardinals have forced an opponent into at least 19 turnovers.
•The Cardinals, who entered the game ranked 12th nationally in steals at 11.3 per game, had 10 against the Redbirds.
•Louisville improved to 219-40 when holding its opponent below 70 points during the last 12 years under the direction of head coach Rick Pitino (6-0 this season, 25-7 in 2011-12).
•Louisville had only five players score points on Saturday, a season low.
•The Cardinals finished with a 33-30 advantage on the glass to improve to 4-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent.
•Saturday marked the second consecutive game the Cardinals have faced an eight-point (33-25) halftime deficit. Louisville improved to 1-1 this season when trailing at the half.
•After scoring just 25 points in the opening 20 minutes, Louisville scored 44 in the final 20 minutes, their third highest second half point total of the season.
•Illinois State finished at 52.1 percent from the field (25-of-48), the highest percentage allowed by Louisville this season and the highest overall since Providence shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) on Jan. 10, 2012.
•The Cardinals had eight players see at least 12 minutes of game action on Saturday with Russ Smith playing a team-high 35 minutes.
•Illinois State took a 17-4 lead with 11:51 left in the first half for Louisville's largest overall deficit of the season.
•On this date in Louisville men's basketball history... Former UofL head coach Denny Crum made his Cardinals' debut in 1971 as Louisville dropped a 70-69 decision at Florida.
•On this date in Louisville men's basketball history... Wes Unseld set the UofL single game scoring record pouring in 45 points in a 118-86 win over Georgetown College in 1967.
LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES •Senior guard Peyton Siva had one steal on Saturday to move into a tie for 10th place on the Cardinals' career steals leaderboard with Nate Johnson (1996-2000) at 182. Rick Wilson (1974-78) is No. 9 all-time with 183, while Reece Gaines (1999-2003) is No. 8 with 191.
•Siva scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 shooting from three-point range.
•The four three-point baskets for Siva were a season-high and matched a career-high achieved twice previously.
•In his last three games, Siva is averaging 17.3 points per game while shooting 52.7 percent (19-of-36) from field. He is also 7-for-14 from three-point range in the last three games.
•Junior guard Russ Smith scored a season-high 24 points, including a career-best 11 free throws on 14 attempts. Through the first six games of the season, Smith was 13-of-17 from the free throw line.
•Smith has 16 or more points in all seven games this season. He has 20 or more points three times in seven games.
•Smith has been the Cardinals' leading scoring in five of seven games this season, including Saturday.
•Sophomore forward Chane Behanan scored a season-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. He also added a team-high nine rebounds.
•Senior forward Stephan Van Treese came off the bench for a season-high 34 minutes of action. He scored six points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field while matching a season-high with eight rebounds.
•In the Cardinals' last two games, Van Treese has averaged seven points while shooting 7-of-8 from the field with 16 total rebounds.
•Junior guard Luke Hancock matched a career-high with four assists.