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Senior star helps elder Pitino give son a lesson

Louisville’s Kevin Ware soars in for a dunk during a 79-55 win over Florida International.

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Louisville’s Kevin Ware soars in for a dunk during a 79-55 win over Florida International.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the attention Wednesday night focused on the coaching battle between father and son, Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva grabbed the spotlight by applying what he learned from both.

Especially from the father, who's always in his ear.

Siva's career highs of five 3-pointers and 12 assists helped the fifth-ranked Cardinals roll past Florida International 79-55 in the 11th Billy Minardi Classic.

"The last couple of games teams have been playing me more for the drive and Russ (Smith) for 3s, so (Wednesday) was more rhythm," said Siva, who made 5 of 8 3s after not hitting one in his past three games.

"I just took my open shots. I'm not going to make one every game, but tonight it felt good and they played me for the 3 and I just took the shots."

It was fitting that Siva played a prominent role in the first meeting between Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino, his son and Panthers counterpart. The younger Pitino, 30, served two stints as a Louisville assistant before taking over for Isiah Thomas at FIU this season.

Both have helped Siva develop into one of the nation's top point guards, which paid off Wednesday with his first double double since the season opener and being selected the game's MVP.

"He's the most special kid out there, and it's not even close," Richard Pitino said. "I love him like a brother."

Wayne Blackshear tied his career best with 18 points for the Cardinals (10-1), and Chane Behanan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first double double this season. Louisville held FIU to 33 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers.

NO. 1 DUKE 88, CORNELL 47: Seth Curry scored 20, Mason Plumlee added 18 and the host Blue Devils (10-0) reeled off 23 straight points in one stretch. Duke shot a season-best 56.7 percent and forced a season-high 26 turnovers.

NO. 6 INDIANA 93, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 54: Cody Zeller had 16 points and six rebounds for the host Hoosiers (10-1), who romped four days after their first loss. Earlier, Indiana said backup guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after sustaining an undisclosed injury to his right foot during Sunday's practice.

NO. 11 CINCinnati 60, XAVIER 45: Sean Kilpatrick scored 25 and led a second-half surge that carried the Bearcats (11-0) at a downtown Cincinnati arena as the crosstown rivalry was renewed amicably one year after it was marred by a brawl.

NO. 14 GONZAGA 74, CAMPBELL 52: Przemek Karnowski scored 14 to lead four players in double figures for the host Bulldogs (11-1).

NO. 16 NEW MEXICO 68, NEW MEXICO ST. 63: Kendall Williams tied a career high with 24 points, including nine during a first-half run that brought the visiting Lobos (12-0) back from a double-digit deficit.

NO. 17 CREIGHTON 71, TULSA 54: Avery Dingman had 14 of his career-high 21 points in the second half, and Doug McDermott overcame a slow start to score 16 for the host Bluejays (11-1), who won their fifth straight.

NO. 22 NOTRE DAME 85, KENNESAW ST. 57: Jack Cooley had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double double in seven games for the host Irish (11-1).

NO. 21 UNLV 73, N. IOWA 59: Anthony Bennett had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the host Runnin' Rebels in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

TEXAS 85, NO. 23 UNC 67: Sheldon McClellan scored 18 for the host Longhorns, who handed the Tar Heels (8-3) their first loss since a Nov. 27 rout by Indiana.

NO. 24 OKLA. ST. 69, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 44: Markel Brown scored 17 and Phil Forte 13 for the host Cowboys (9-1).

TAMPA 109, P.R.-MAYAGUEZ 61: Anthony Griffis had 22 points and Callum Townsend 21 as the Spartans (9-0) rolled in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

ECKERD 97, TUSKEGEE 69: Alex Bodney had a career-high 25 points to lead five players in double figures, and the host Tritons (4-2) set a season high for points.

SOUTH ALABAMA: Ronnie Arrow, the winningest coach in program and Sun Belt history, retired effective immediately. Arrow, 65, went 211-61 in 13-plus seasons.

Women

NO. 23 FSU 94, MERCER 42: Natasha Howard led five players in double figures with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the host Seminoles (9-1), the only team in the country with five players averaging double figures in scoring.

TAMPA 58, N. ALABAMA 49: Illyssa Vivo had 18 points and nine rebounds for the host Spartans (9-0), who held on to match the 2009-10 squad for the best start in program history.

VALDOSTA ST. 69, SAINT LEO 64, 2OT: The visiting Lions (5-4) fell short after erasing a 14-point deficit in the second half. Chelsea Williams had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Saint Leo.

NO. 1 STANFORD 53, NO. 21 S. CAROLINA 49: Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left and the visiting Cardinal (10-0) held on against the rising Gamecocks (10-1).

NO. 2 UCONN 97, OAKLAND (MICH.) 25: Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart scored 21 each for the host Huskies (9-0). Connecticut held a pregame ceremony in memory of the 26 shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown.

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 100, ALABAMA A&M 39: Kayla McBride scored 16 to lead five players in double figures for the Irish (7-1) in the first round of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.

NO. 6 GEORGIA 72, TCU 59: Erika Ford scored 10 in a span of just more than 6½ minutes during a 15-3 run midway through the first half that lifted the visiting Bulldogs (12-0).

NO. 17 UNC 76, ECU 67: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 24 and the Tar Heels (11-1) pulled away in the second half in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 83, KANSAS ST. 60: Kelsey Bone scored 22 on 11-of-13 shooting to lead the Aggies (7-3) to their seventh straight win at the World Vision Classic.

Senior star helps elder Pitino give son a lesson 12/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:25am]

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