Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Louisville makes early lead stand up

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville guard Trey Lewis said it can be difficult to maintain focus for a full game when holding a big lead against an outclassed opponent, like in the No. 16 Cardinals' 98-68 victory Wednesday over Utah Valley.

"In bigger games, that takes care of itself," Lewis said after leading the Cardinals with 21 points. "You're not going to let up for one possession."

Louisville (11-1) made 18 of its first 24 shots and shot 69 percent in the first half (20-of-29) one night after an out-of-synch showing in beating UMKC.

Konner Frey led Utah Valley with 17 points and Marcel Davis scored 15.

The return of 7-foot forward Anas Mahmoud (four first-half blocks) bolstered Louisville. Mahmoud had missed three games with a sprained ankle.

No. 23 Baylor 85, N. Mexico St. 70: Taurean Prince had a career-high 34 points and Lester Medford had 10 points and 12 assists for the host Bears (9-2). Prince was 13-of-19 from the field, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, in Baylor's 32nd non-conference home win in a row. The Bears opened with an 18-2 run and led by as 20 before the Aggies — led by Pascal Siakam's 26 points — got within seven late.

BE NICE, CALIPARI SAYS: Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes Wildcats fans resist the urge to tease archrival Louisville about its escort scandal and treat the Cardinals respectfully Saturday in the Bluegrass showdown at Rupp Arena (noon, Ch. 10). Escort Katina Powell has alleged in a book that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her $10,000 to hire dancers to strip and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits from 2010-14, sparking four investigations. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities that Powell alleges. Calipari expressed hope that Kentucky fans "just enjoy the basketball. Let's be classy, and I expect that's how they'll be in this game."

UCF: Sophomore guard B.J. Taylor will sit out the rest of the season with a lower-leg injury, coach Donnie Jones said. Taylor has been sidelined since suffering the injury in a preseason practice in October.

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