Francisco Garcia did just about everything for No. 13 Louisville yesterday. The junior forward finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists, and the Cardinals...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Francisco Garcia did just about everything for No. 13 Louisville yesterday.
The junior forward finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists, and the Cardinals withstood a late rally to beat Florida 74-70.
Garcia also became the team’s biggest supporter in the closing minutes. He cheered from the bench, argued calls and served water during timeouts.
“I was focused on supporting my teammates,” said Garcia, who fouled out with 1:40 to play. “I had confidence in them.”
Louisville’s Taquan Dean added 22 points despite leg cramps and coach Rick Pitino improved to 20-1 against former assistant coaches and players.
Pitino also extended his record to 6-0 against Billy Donovan, who is Florida’s coach.
Dean and Garcia helped stake the Cardinals (5-1) to a 12-point lead in the second half. Florida (5-2) came back and had several opportunities to move ahead late.
David Lee led the Gators with 18 points and nine rebounds.
At No. 2 Kansas 96, Louisiana-Lafayette 51
Keith Langford scored 19 of his 24 points in a torrid first half that propelled the Jayhawks (6-0) past the overmatched Ragin’ Cajuns (3-4).
Langford, coming back from knee surgery, got off to a rather slow start this season. But he has scored a total of 62 points in his last three games.
At No. 3 Georgia Tech 64, Air Force 42
Luke Schenscher scored 15 points as the Yellow Jackets (6-0) thrashed the slow-paced Falcons (6-3).
Georgia Tech attempted a season-low 40 shots and failed to make a three-pointer for the first time since 1987.
But Georgia Tech still managed to dominate, leading 32-12 at halftime.
At No. 4 Syracuse 86, Binghamton 56
Hakim Warrick scored 20 points, Gerry McNamara added 18 and the Orange (8-1) defeated the Bearcats (2-5).
No. 10 Kentucky 73, Indiana 58
Patrick Sparks scored 16 points and the Wildcats (6-1) thumped the Hoosiers (2-4) in Louisville, Ky.
Chuck Hayes added 14 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky, which has won five straight and 12 of the last 14 in its annual series against Indiana.
Bracey Wright led Indiana with 31 points.
No. 11 Pittsburgh 84, at Penn St. 71
Carl Krauser scored a career-high 28 points and the Panthers beat the Lions (5-4), giving Pittsburgh its third 7-0 start in as many seasons.
Chevon Troutman and Antonio Graves scored 18 each for the Panthers.
At No. 12 N. Carolina St. 94, Liberty 60
Julius Hodge had 27 points and finished an assist and a rebound short of the second triple-double of his career in leading the Wolfpack (7-0) past the Flames (1-5).
Liberty’s Larry Blair had 22 points.
At No. 18 Alabama 75, Temple 71
Earnest Shelton scored 22 points, and the Crimson Tide (8-1) made 6 of 10 free throws in the final 62 seconds of a victory over the Owls (3-4).
Temple’s Mark Tyndale had 22 points and seven rebounds.
Alabama’s Jermareo Davidson contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds.
No. 21 Geo. Washington 79, at St. Francis (Pa.) 65
Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 17 points, and the Colonials (6-1) used a 20-2 run late in the first half to take control in a victory over the Red Flash (4-3).
George Washington guard Maureece Rice scored the first points of his college career. Rice surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s Philadelphia high-school scoring record last season.
At No. 22 Mississippi St. 83, Arkansas-Little Rock 53
Lawrence Roberts scored a season-high 27 points as the Bulldogs (7-2) beat the Trojans (4-4).
At Marquette 63, No. 24 Wisconsin 54
Travis Diener scored 29 points despite playing with a sprained ankle, and led the Golden Eagles (9-0) to a win over the Badgers (5-2).
Marquette coach Tom Crean got into a shouting match with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan after there was a scramble for a rebound in the first half.