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January 9, 2013

FAST REACT: Louisville tops Seton Hall 73-58

Louisville basketball improved to 2-0 in the Big East and 14-1 overall with a 73-58 win over Seton Hall Wednesday night. Check out CardinalSports.com's five quick thoughts on the win.

At the under-12 minute timeout, Gorgui Dieng already had 6 rebounds and 4 points. He was on pace for a 30 rebound game. He didn't finish with 30 rebounds, but he did record his 15th double-double with a season-high 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Gorgui Dieng (15)
Seton Hall (A) 1/8/12 16 pts., 14 reb.
Providence (H) 1//3/13 11 pts., 11 reb.
Samford (H) 11/15/12 10 pts., 13 reb.
Cincinnati (A) 2/23/12 11 pts., 13 reb.
Seton Hall (A) 1/28/12 11 pts., 14 reb.
Villanova (H) 1/25/12 12 pts., 13 reb.
Pittsburgh (A) 1/21/12 13 pts., 14 reb.
DePaul (H) 1/14/12 13 pts., 14 reb.
Western Ky. (H) 12/23/11 13 pts., 15 reb.
C of Charleston (H) 12/20/11 14 pts., 12 reb.
Memphis (H) 12/17/11 14 pts., 14 reb.
Fair. Dickinson (H) 12/10/11 14 pts., 12 reb.
IUPUI (H) 12/7/11 18 pts., 12 reb.
Ohio (H) 11/25/11 10 pts., 16 reb.
Connecticut (H) 2/18/11 13 pts., 12 reb

Peyton Siva had 8 assists tonight. He's four assists behind Terrence Williams (2005-09, 545 assists) for second most all-time behind LaBradford Smith.

Siva started the game 20 points away from 1,000 points for his career. He ended the game 15 points away. He will be the 64th Louisville player to score 1,000 points. Louisville has the second-most 1,000 point scorers to North Carolina.

Louisville and Seton Hall were within a few possessions throughout the first half and some of the second until Louisville's offense came alive midway through the second half. The run was spurred on by back-to-back threes by Luke Hancock to put Louisville 52-44 with 7:30 left.

Hancock, who finished with six points, a rebound and an assist, was 2-4 from beyond the arc. Wayne Blackshear was also 2-4 from three-point range.

Wednesday night's game was Louisville's first Big East road game. Louisville beat Providence 80-62 Saturday and beat Seton Hall 73-58 Wednesday night.

Playing in the Prudential Center, Seton Hall played in front of a light crowd that included a front row of speedo-clad swimmers and a young girl screeching throughout the first half.

The swimmers stayed nearly unclothed throughout the game, but the screecher cooled off as the game went along. Louisville took the starch out of the Seton Hall student section with its second-half run.

Louisville hit just 4 of 12 three point shots against Seton Hall, two of which came on back-to-back plays by Hancock. Louisville had been hitting 39.6 percent from three point range the last six games, but hit just 33.3 percent Wednesday night.

Louisville played Seton Hall twice last season and won both games, but hit just 10 of 31 three-pointers against the Pirates in those games. Former Louisville assistant Kevin Willard's team knows how to defend Louisville's outside shooters.

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