PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — The second-ranked Louisville Cardinals proved to be too much for the 13th-ranked Missouri Tigers in Friday night’s Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal.
Louisville (5-0, 3-0 home) tallied 13 steals and took advantage of 22 Missouri turnovers to maintain a sizeable lead for most of the night.
Missouri (4-1, 0-0 away) took a 6-4 lead on a three-pointer by junior guard Derrick Ross with 16:15 to play in the first half, but it would prove to be their last lead of the game. Louisville answered with a 10-0 run to set the pace for the rest of the night.
The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to narrow the gap to 25-23 with 4:38 to play in the first half, but trailed 39-31 at the break. Mizzou outrebounded Louisville 35-28, but their sloppy play prohibited them from making any kind of serious run in the second half.
The Cardinals had five different players score in double figures. Junior guard Russ Smith finished with 18 points, six steals, and seven rebounds. Junior forward Luke Hancock finished with 19 points.
Junior guard Phil Pressey led the Tigers with 15 points and eight assists. He also had nine turnovers. Senior forward Alex Oriakhi finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Missouri takes on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams on Saturday night.