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Louisville rolls in exhibition; St. X student battling leukemia steals show

Patrick McSweeney, 15, was greeted by Louisville's Terry Rozier at the start of the Cardinals' exhibition game with Bellarmine. McSweeney, diagnosed with leukemia at age 5, started the game for the Knights.
Patrick McSweeney, 15, was greeted by Louisville's Terry Rozier at the start of the Cardinals' exhibition game with Bellarmine. McSweeney, diagnosed with leukemia at age 5, started the game for the Knights. AP

The Louisville men's basketball team capped the exhibition portion of its 2014-15 schedule with an 82-57 win, hosting local foe Bellarmine Sunday afternoon.

Four Cardinals scored in double figures to lift the team over the Knights. Montrezl Harrell scored a game-high 17 points, while Wayne Blackshear added 16, and guards Chris Jones and Terry Rozier added 14 and 10, respectively.

Despite the game's one-sided outcome, the star of the event was a Bellarmine Knight.

Patrick McSweeney, a 15-year-old St. Xavier High School student who has battled leukemia since the age of five, took the floor with the starters and scored the first basket for Bellarmine, sinking a short jump shot from just outside the lane.

The Cardinals raced out to a 29-point first-half lead. Chris Jones led the Cardinals with 14 points in the first frame, including 12 of Louisville's first 18.

"The first half was about as well as we've played all year," Coach Rick Pitino said after the game. "That was a great half of basketball in every phase of the game; pressing, offense, defense, ball movement, rebounding. It was really outstanding."

Quentin Snider came off bench in the second half to score eight points and earn two rebounds and an assist and steal.

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