St. John's vs. No. 12 Louisville final score: Cardinals defeat Red Storm, 72-58

Andy Lyons

Louisville responded from their five-overtime loss to Notre Dame on Saturday with an easy win over St. John's behind a big game from Russ Smith.

The No. 12 Louisville Cardinals cruised past the St. John's Red Storm, 72-58, on Monday evening at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

For more on this game, head over to Card Chronicle.

Russ Smith scored 24 points to lead the Cardinals, who blew an early eight-point lead before going on a 16-4 run to close out the first half. More of the same occurred at the start of the second half, as Louisville's nine-point halftime lead vanished quickly with a 10-0 run by St. John's out of the locker room.

However, the Cards bounced back once again, thanks in part to a scuffle between Sir'Dominic Pointer and Montrezl Harrell that resulted in a double-technical and gave Louisville some momentum. A 33-32 St. John's lead quickly turned into a 53-39 advantage for Louisville, and the Cardinals remained in control for the rest of the way.

Phil Greene IV scored 21 points to lead St. John's (15-10, 7-6 Big East), while D'Angelo Harrison added 18.

Gorgui Dieng scored 10 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for Louisville (20-5, 8-4 Big East).

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