HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—Terrence Williams scored 17 points and freshman Derrick Caracter came off the bench to score 16 to lead No. 20 Louisville to its fifth straight win, 76-69 over Connecticut on Sunday.
Jerome Dyson hit 6-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 23 points to lead Connecticut (17-11, 6-8 Big East).
His 3-pointer with 4:02 to go tied the game at 58, and it was tied again at 60 when Jeff Adrien hit a jumper for the Cardinals at 3:31.
Earl Clark’s 3-pointer gave Louisville the lead for good, 63-60 with 2:53 to go.
Edgar Sosa hit from behind the arc with 1:15 to give Louisville a 68-63 lead, and the Huskies were forced to foul the rest of the way.
Louisville hit six consecutive free throws to secure the win, the final two coming from Williams.
The Cardinals (21-8, 11-4) looked to be in trouble early when David Padgett, who had 19 points in Louisville’s 68-54 win over Connecticut on Jan. 22, picked up two fouls in the first 4:23. But Caracter replaced him and the 6-9 freshman scored all 16 of his points before intermission, outmuscling the Huskies underneath.
The Cardinals had 46 points in the paint, to just 22 for UConn.
Louisville hit just five of its first 14 shots and was outrebounded 9-2 early, but still led 11-9 with 11:24 remaining in the first half.
The Cardinals went on an 11-4 run to close out the half and led 38-29 at the break.
Louisville has not lost this year when leading at the half.
UConn opened the second half on an 8-4 run. But Rick Pitino called a quick time-out and the Cardinals scored the next six, stretching the lead back to nine.
Adrien had 16 points for UConn, which had won four of its last five in league play, after starting the conference schedule 2-6.