NCAA Tournament 2013 scores, Louisville vs. Duke: Cardinals rout Blue Devils, 85-63

Andy Lyons

The Louisville Cardinals are headed to the Final Four after running away from the Duke Blue Devils in the second half on Sunday.

The Louisville Cardinals used a 20-4 run in the initial part of the second half to cruise to an emotional 85-63 victory over the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

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

The Cardinals overcame a serious injury to sophomore guard Kevin Ware in the first half to earn a spot in the Final Four for the second straight season. Ware broke his leg while defending a three-point shot from Duke's Tyler Thornton at the 6:41 mark in the first half, resulting in a lengthy delay. Duke scored six of the next eight points to take a three-point advantage when play resumed, but Louisville fought back with a similar run, led by eight points in the final six minutes of the half from Russ Smith, and entered the break with a three-point lead.

Louisville extended its lead to six points early in the second half, but Duke embarked on a 10-4 run to tie the game at 42 on Mason Plumlee's dunk at the 16:20 mark. That would be Duke's last field goal until Quinn Cook's layup with 8:05 remaining, as the Cardinals used several great plays by Peyton Siva during that span to break the game open.

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Smith finished with 23 points to lead Louisville, and Siva chipped in 16. Gorgui Dieng added 14 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 6-of-8 from the floor.

Mason Plumlee led Duke with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Kelly finished with just seven points after missing a large chunk of the first half because of foul trouble.

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