LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY (TICKER) —If Marvin Stone was supposed to have trouble fitting in with his new team, he is having a hard time showing it.
Stone continued his strong play with 22 points as 18th-ranked Louisville ran its winning streak to 11 games with an 87-74 Conference USA victory over Texas Christian.
A 6-10 senior, Stone is in his first season with the Cardinals after transferring from Kentucky. He quickly has emerged as the best interior player for the Cardinals, who play a pressing style under coach Rick Pitino.
Stone was effective again Saturday, making 8-of-11 shots from the field. In eight games this season, Stone is shooting 58 percent (36-of-62) from the floor.
Reece Gaines added 20 points for Louisville (12-1, 4-0 C-USA American), which opened a 47-31 halftime lead and cruised thereafter.
The Cardinals are off to their best start since winning 15 of their first 16 games in 1996-67 en route to an appearance in the “Elite Eight” of the NCAA Tournament.
Jamal Brown and Corey Santee each netted 16 points for the Horned Frogs (6-9, 0-4 National), who have lost four straight games since embarking on their conference schedule.
A pair of foul shots by Santee with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half pulled the Horned Frogs within 27-23. But Louisville took control from there.
Gaines drilled a 3-pointer and a jumper, triggering a 20-8 run to close the half. Gaines had seven points in the spurt and Stone four.
Gaines, who made 6-of-11 shots, added eight assists but also committed six of the Cardinals’ 24 turnovers. Louisville shot 48 percent (30-of-62) and held a 42-37 rebounding advantage.
Junior Blount contributed 14 points for TCU, which shot 39 percent (23-of-59) and also was careless with the ball, committing 23 turnovers.
The Cardinals continued to pour it on in the second half, taking their biggest lead at 67-41 with 13:29 remaining on a jumper by Larry O’Bannon.