Louisville built enough momentum to almost pull back into the game with Florida before a monstrous Patric Young dunk and a technical on Rick Pitino reestablished the Gators' dominance and a 60-49 lead.
After a Bradley Beal jumper opened the second half, Louisville went on a 7-0 run, boosted by a Chris Smith three-pointer. The Cardinals attempted to mimic Florida's success from the perimeter in the first, but have been abysmal beyond the arc. Kyle Kuric is 0-4 from three point range in the second half, and the team 1-of-7.
Pitino was T'd up by referee Karl Hess after screaming in his direction, although according to media on-site, he was screaming at guard Peyton Siva after he committed a foul, and not at Hess:
Pitino was screaming at Siva, "Why, why?" Hess T'd him up. Thought he was yelling at the ref that called it.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 24, 2012
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