LOUISVILLE KY - FEBRUARY 18: Preston Knowles #2 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates during the Big East Conference game against the Connecticut Huskies at the KFC Yum! Center on February 18 2011 in Louisville Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Peyton Siva And Louisville Sweep Season-Series From UConn With 71-58 Win

Peyton Siva scored 15 points, as No. 16 Louisville got scoring from unlikely sources in a 71-58 victory over 13th- ranked Connecticut in Big East action.

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Louisville vs. UConn: Cardinals Win In Spite Of Shooters' Off-Night

Louisville handily defeated UConn 71-58 on Friday night, an impressive feat. It’s made all the more impressive by the fact that most of the Cardinal’s top shooters had a rough evening.

Preston Knowles had an awful night from the field, making only 2 of 13 field goals.

Kyle Kuric also struggled to find his shot in the first half, scoring six points total.

Gorgui Dieng, a freshman, pulled down six offensive rebounds and picked & rolled his way to a double-double against a stronger, more experienced Connecticut front court to score 13 points in a surprise performance.

Also, Kuric and Knowles were able to make some key plays in the 2nd half to make up for their poor early showings. Combine all of that with Peyton Siva’s strong game and the Cardinals were able to scrap together a big win in conference play.

For more on the big win, visit Card Chronicle.

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Louisville Vs. UConn Final Score: Cardinals Beat Huskies 71-58 Thanks To Balanced Effort

For more post-game analysis, visit Louisville blog Card Chronicle and Huskies blog The UConn Blog.

Peyton Siva scored 15 points, as No. 16 Louisville got scoring from unlikely sources in a 71-58 victory over 13th- ranked Connecticut in Big East action at KFC Yum! Center.

Three of the Cardinals’ top four scorers — Preston Knowles, Kyle Kuric, and Terrence Jennings — combined for 20 points. Knowles, the team’s leading scorer, was particularly ineffective, shooting 2-for-13 and scoring only six points.

But Louisville (20-7, 9-5 Big East) used the key performance from Siva, in addition to 13 points and 12 rebounds from freshman center Gorgui Dieng, to rebound from Wednesday’s loss at Cincinnati.

The Cardinals swept the season series with Connecticut, having defeated the Huskies in double-overtime on January 29.

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Kemba Walker scored 16 points apiece for Connecticut (20-6, 8-6), which had won its last two.

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Louisville vs. UConn Score: Cardinals Cruise To 31-23 Halftime Lead

Peyton Silva and the Louisville Cardinals continue to give the UConn Huskies fits so far, taking a 31-23 lead into halftime at The Yum!.

Silva leads the Cards with 10 points, which is a lot considering the Cardinals are shooting 36% so far. Not that the Huskies are faring much better (37%).

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel lead the Huskies with 11 at the break. Meanwhile Kemba Walker returns to his struggling ways, shooting 2-of-7 from the field. He has for 7 points so far.

The Huskies are down despite having the rebounding advantage and shooting at the same level as the Cards. There’s just too many cold shooters on their squad at the moment.

With both teams at 8-5 in the Big East, the second half is going to be critical as they two fight for seeding in the BET and beyond.

For more on these teams, check out SB Nation’s Louisville blog, Card Chronicle, and our UConn blog, the appropriately-named UConn Blog.

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