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March 8, 2007

No. 12 Louisville beats WVU in 2OT 82-71

Box Score

NEW YORK -Terrence Williams scored 21 points and Earl Clark added 17 as No. 12 Louisville beat West Virginia 82-71 Thursday night in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big East conference tournament.

David Padgett added 16 points as the Cardinals (23-8) blew a 17-point lead in the second half before outlasting the upset-minded Mountaineers. Louisville won its season-high seventh straight and 11th in the last 13 games.

Edgar Sosa drove the length of the court through most of the West Virginia team and made a left-handed layup at the buzzer to force overtime for the Cardinals.

Frank Young had 19 points and Da'Sean Butler added 17 for the Mountaineers (22-9), who used an 18-0 run in the second half to take their first lead of the game.

Louisville, loser of nine straight at Madison Square Garden since beating Iona on Jan. 5, 1984, scored the first nine points of the second overtime to take a 75-66 lead on Clark's 3 with 1:24 to go.

Jamie Smalligan, who finished with 13 points, hit two free throws for the Mountaineers' first points of the period.

However, Louisville then went 7-for-8 from the line to seal the win. Williams and Clark scored five points apiece in the second OT.

Sosa tied the score twice in the final 27 seconds of regulation, and then hit three free throws in a span of 33 seconds late in the first overtime. The last pushed Louisville's lead to 66-64 with 32 seconds to go.

Darris Nichols hit the tying free throws 11 seconds later when Sosa fouled out. Williams missed a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds to send it to a second overtime.

One day after making a tournament-record 17 3-pointers in a win over Providence, the Mountainers were just 6-for-25 from beyond the arc.

Smalligan's 3 started a 9-2 run, and West Virginia took a 54-51 lead on Nichols' basket with 3:13 left in regulation. Williams hit a 3 to tie it with 2:50 to go.

The teams went scoreless for more than 2 minutes before Butler's layup pushed the Mountaineers ahead with 46 seconds left. Sosa's basket tied it 19 seconds later.

Nichols made a go-ahead layup with 4.3 seconds to go, but Sosa tied it again with his driving layup.

Louisville opened the second half with a 9-0 run to stretch its lead to 44-27 on Clark's basket. But West Virginia scored the next 18 points, started by five consecutive points by Young, and took their first lead on Nichols' layup with 8:59 to go.

Padgett's layup with 8:03 regained the lead for Louisville, and Brandon Jenkins' 3 nearly 2 minutes later made it 49-45.

Louisville scored the first eight points before Young got West Virginia going with a jumper 4:46 into the game. Layups by Padgett, Jenkins and Clark pushed the Cardinals' lead to 14-2 with 13:01 left in the first half.

The Mountaineers made three 3s, the last by Butler, to pull to 19-11 midway through the period.

Joe Mazzulla made consecutive baskets and Young hit the Mountaineers' fourth 3 to pull to 22-18. Jenkins had a 3 for Louisville before West Virginia scored five straight to get within two on Young's free throws with 4:12 left.

The Cardinals went on a 10-2 run and appeared to take a 35-25 lead into the break. However, the officials ruled Williams committed a foul before the buzzer and Smalligan hit both free throws to cut West Virginia's deficit to eight.

For more coverage of the Louisville Cardinals, check out CardinalSports.com; for more on the West Virginia Mountaineers, check out WVSports.com.

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