Tigers Top Louisville, 80-70
Jan 30, 2002
By WOODY BAIRD
The Conference USA victory gave Memphis coach John Calipari a win over the Cardinals' Rick Pitino in their first meeting at the college level after both returned from the NBA.
Kelly Wise had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Memphis (18-4, 8-0).
Luke Whitehead had 20 points to lead Louisville (12-7, 3-5). Reece Gaines had 17 points and Ellis Myles had 15 more and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Antonio Burks had 10 points for the Tigers.
The final score was the Tigers' largest lead of the second half.
Calipari is in his second season with Memphis, while Pitino is in his first with Louisville.
Their latest previous meeting was at the 1996 Final Four when Calipari was at Massachusetts and Pitino was with Kentucky. Kentucky won that game and went on to take the NCAA championship.
Calipari moved to the NBA in 1996 and Pitino took the same step the following year.
Memphis hit on only 19 of 35 free throws while shooting 41 percent from the field. Louisville hit 5 of 10 from the line and 42 percent from the field.
Louisville hit 3 of 16 3-point attempts, while Memphis hit 5 of 13.
Memphis led 38-34 at halftime after building leads of 11 points three times.
The Tigers were up 29-18 at 6:28 of the first half after two free throws by Wise.
But the Cardinals went on a 14-3 run to tie the score at 32 on a layup by Gaines with 3:10 left in the half.
Wagner got 14 of his points in the first half, while hitting on three of
four 3-point attempts.
Miles led the Cardinals with nine points during the period.
The Cardinals shot 40 percent in the first half while holding Memphis to 35 percent.