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No. 3 Louisville blows out Hofstra, 97-69

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No. 3 Louisville blows out Hofstra, 97-69

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Louisville's Russ Smith, left, goes in for a layup around the defense of Hofstra's Jordan Allen during …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Russ Smith scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the first half and No. 3 Louisville made 12 3-pointers to set the tone for a 97-69 rout of Hofstra on Tuesday night.

The senior guard shot 12 of 22 from the field including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc. Wayne Blackshear made three straight 3s for nine points to help Louisville break the game open with a 26-2 second-half run. Luke Hancock returned from an Achilles injury to hit a couple from long range as well as the Cardinals finished 12 of 31 from deep.

Louisville (2-0) shot 35 of 68 overall (51.5 percent), a big improvement from its 38-percent effort in a season-opening win over the College of Charleston.

Chris Jones added 20 points with seven assists for Louisville, Montrezl Harrell had 19.

The Cardinals forced 22 turnovers leading to 30 points and dominated the paint 44-16.

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