Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during Louisville's 82-58 win at Temple Friday night.
Harrell was unstoppable in the post as he dunked six times, one short of tying Pervis Ellison's single game dunk record of seven in a game. Harrell's sixth dunk also gave him 58 for the season, one away from tying Louisville's single-season record.
The single season record is currently held by Chane Behanan (2012-13) and Pervis Ellison (1987-88). It was Harrell's sixth double-double of the season.
Harrell and the Cardinals jumped on Temple early. It was 5-4 with 17:45 left in the first half, but Louisville scored 10 straight points to push to a double-digit lead just 6:41 into the game.
Louisville's lead was 23-9 midway through the first half, but Temple kept pace with the Cardinals for the next four minutes and the score was 30-18 with just over six minutes to go before halftime. That's when Louisville went on a 17-2 run over the next five minutes.
With a 52-22 lead late in the first half, the Cardinals coasted for the final 21 minutes, easily securing an 82-58 win. In addition to Harrell's big game, Russ Smith scored 15, Wayne Blackshear had 13 and Luke Hancock had 11. Returning to the starting lineup, junior point guard Chris Jones had nine points, five assists and four rebounds.
Temple outscored Louisville 33-30 in the second half and was led in scoring by Anthony Lee and Will Cummings who scored 14 a piece.
NO SHAVING After the game, Louisville coach Rick Pitino confirmed that he and his coaching staff agreed to not shave until the team lost. Pitino, who appeared to have a five o'clock shadow during the Temple game, said he's not sure how the project will go because he's never tried to grow a beard.
WHITE OUT! The game was promoted as a "White Out!" for the last two weeks, and Temple printed white T-shirts for fans in the lower level to wear. Unfortunately the game was snowed out Thursday, and was moved back 23 hours so the crowd was about half as large as Temple was hoping for.