Nov 19, 2013 9:45 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Louisville to an easy 87-48 win over Hartford in the Hall of Fame Tipoff on Tuesday night.
Russ Smith added 14 points as the Cardinals (4-0) extended their winning streak to 20 games dating to last season's run to the national title. Chris Jones and reserve Chane Behanan added 11 points apiece.
Louisville shot 50 percent from the field, outrebounded Hartford 35-29 and forced 25 turnovers.
Mark Nwakamma scored 16 points for the Hawks (2-3), and reserve Yasin Kolo finished with 12.
Louisville jumped on Hartford right at the start, scoring the first eight points of the game and 22 of the first 30. Harrell passed to Wayne Blackshear for a 3-pointer and Terry Rozier converted a layup with 1:42 left in the first half to give the Cardinals a 42-19 lead.
It was more of the same in the second half. Harrell had a dunk, Behanan scored on a tipin and Smith made a 3 to make it 79-41 with 5:23 to go.
Hartford shot 42 percent from the field, including a 4-for-17 performance from 3-point range. Hancock went 2 for 4 as Louisville made 7 of 18 attempts from beyond the arc.