No. 5 Louisville uses defense to defeat Charleston

No. 5 Louisville uses defense to defeat Charleston
December 4, 2012, 11:59 pm
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College of Charleston's Anthony Stitt, left, takes a knee in the chest from the defense of Louisville's Kevin Ware during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Wayne Blackshear had 18 points and No. 5 Louisville used its stifling defense to take control in an 80-38 victory over College of Charleston on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (7-1) used a 22-7 run midway through the opening half to build a 36-14 lead and easily win their second straight since a loss to Duke.

Russ Smith had 13 points and Peyton Siva 12 for Louisville, which turned up its defense at the sold-out TD Arena. The Cardinals finished with a season-high 18 steals and forced Charleston (5-3) into a season-high 27 turnovers, 11 more than it had averaged coming in.

Adjehi Baru had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Cougars. Charleston leading scorer Andrew Lawrence finished with three points on 1-for-6 shooting.