University of Louisville

Second-half run keeps Cardinals perfect

Louisville's Rakeem Buckles, right, goes after a loose ball with San Francisco's Perris Blackwell, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Looking at rear left, is Louisville's Terrence Jennings. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Louisville's Rakeem Buckles, right, goes after a loose ball with San Francisco's Perris Blackwell, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Looking at rear left, is Louisville's Terrence Jennings. (AP Photo/Garry Jones) AP

LOUISVILLE — Peyton Siva and Terrence Jennings both contributed 14 points to No. 24 Louisville's balanced offense in a 61-35 victory over San Francisco on Wednesday night at the KFC Yum Center.

The Cardinals (7-0) led 25-24 at halftime against the undermanned Dons (3-5) before holding them to five field goals in the second half.

Siva sparked a 16-0 run by Louisville, hitting two three-pointers and assisting on an inside basket early in the second half. The Cardinals cruised from there as they outscored San Francisco 36-11 in the second half.

Chris Smith added 11 points and Preston Knowles had 10 for Louisville, which committed a season-low five turnovers while forcing 16 to outscore San Francisco 21-0 in points off turnovers.

The Cardinals shot only 36.1 percent (22-for-61) from the field, but held the Dons to 31.1 percent (14-for-45), including 21.7 percent (5-for- 23) in the second half.

Michael Williams led the Dons with 14 points.

Louisville scored the first nine points of the game as San Francisco turned the ball over on its first three possessions.

Siva, a sophomore point guard, accounted for seven of his team's first nine points with an assist, a three-pointer and a dunk off a steal. He finished with five assists and four steals.

The Dons went without a field goal for the first 4:29, but San Francisco, with only eight players in uniform, scrapped its way back in the game.

Trailing 20-8 at the 10-minute mark the Dons went to their spread offense and outscored Louisville 16-5 over the remainder of the first half.

Williams' three with 1:02 left tied the score at 24 before Siva hit one free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining to give Louisville a 25-24 lead.

The Cardinals, who settled for jump shots against San Francisco's zone after taking a 20-8 lead, shot 37 percent (10-for-27) in the first half and were just 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from three-point range.

Louisville shot 35.3 percent (12-for-34) in the second half.

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