Louisville 104, Furman 63
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—Marvin Stone had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead Louisville to a 104-63 win over Furman on Sunday in the Cardinals’ last tuneup before next week’s showdown with Kentucky.
Freshman Taquan Dean went 5-for-6 from 3-point range and scored a career high 21 points for Louisville (6-1), which plays its in-state rival and Coach Rick Pitino’s former team next Saturday in Freedom Hall.
The 6-foot-10 Stone, who transferred to Louisville from Kentucky last January, notched his second straight double-double. He had 19 points and 11 rebounds in his Louisville debut against Manhattan on Wednesday night.
Luke Whitehead scored 15 and freshman Francisco Garcia added 14 for the Cardinals, who shot 58 percent from the field (36 of 62) and 48 percent from 3-point range (12 of 25). Louisvile reached 90 points for the fourth time in five games and hit 100 for the second time in three games.
Jason Patterson scored 13 to lead Furman (5-7), which committed 21 turnovers that led to 30 Louisville points.
The Cardinals opened the game with a 16-6 run, hitting six of their first nine shots.
The Paladins, averaging 18 turnovers per game, struggled with Louisville’s full-court press, committing eight turnovers in the first 12 minutes. They also missed 12 of their first 16 shots and trailed 26-11 with nine minutes left before halftime.
Louisville’s first-half lead reached 24 before Pitino went to a lineup of all reserves, including Joshua Tinch, a receiver on the football team.
The Cardinals started the second half with a 14-3 burst and built the lead to as large as 48.
Dean hit his first five 3-point attempts—one shy of a school record—but missed his sixth with 15:37 left in the game.