Louisville Takes Down No. 16 Marquette

Cardinals use stifling defense to soar past Golden Eagles
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 1:29 AM CST
Marquette's Jerel McNeal, front, falls backwards as he tries to hold onto the rebound in front of Louisville's Earl Clark, center, in the second half of a basketball game Monday Feb. 4, 2008 Milwaukee....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Louisville’s suffocating defense held No. 16 Marquette to a miserable 32 percent shooting as the Cardinals defeated the Golden Eagles 71-57. The loss snaps a 14-game home winning streak for Marquette, who lost their previous meeting with Louisville 71-51 while shooting only 30 percent. Edgar Sosa led the Cardinals with 18 points and Jerry Smith chipped in 12, reports the Associated Press.

The win puts Louisville at 7-3 in conference play and in a tie for second with Notre Dame in the muddled Big East standings; Georgetown is on top with an 8-1 mark in the league. Marquette’s leading scorer and rebounder, Lazar Hayward, battled foul trouble all night as the Golden Eagles struggled to do anything offensively.