No. 5 Louisville beats Missouri-Kansas City, 99-47

No. 5 Louisville beats Missouri-Kansas City, 99-47
December 8, 2012, 4:16 pm
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Louisville's Russ Smith, right, attempts to drive around the defense of Missouri Kansas City's Nate Rogers during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Dec. 8, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points and No. 5 Louisville cruised past Missouri-Kansas City 99-47 on Saturday.

Smith was 12 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range in surpassing his previous high of 30 last year against Kentucky. He led Louisville (8-1) in scoring for the sixth time in nine games.

Luke Hancock added 15 points and six rebounds and Montrezl Harrell a career-high 14 points with seven rebounds for the Cardinals, who shot 56 percent in winning their third in a row. All but one player scored for Louisville, which posted its highest point total this season.

Louisville's defense stifled Missouri-Kansas City (4-5). Besides forcing 24 turnovers leading to 35 points, the Cardinals held the Kangaroos to 27 percent shooting, including four of 27 in the second half.

Louisville also outrebounded UMKC 47-33.

Nelson Kirksey and Trinity Hall led the Kangaroos with nine points each.