Louisville 73, South Florida 52

Edgar Sosa scored 16 points and dished out five assists to lead

Louisville to a 73-52 win over South Florida on Wednesday night in

the Big East opener for both teams.

Samardo Samuels and Jared Swopshire added 12 points apiece as

the Cardinals (10-3) won their fifth straight to set up a showdown

with No. 3 Kentucky on Saturday.

Louisville took control with a 15-0 run early in the second half

and used its defense to beat the Bulls (10-3) for the 10th straight

time.

South Florida shot just 38 percent, turned it over 21 times and

made just 13 of 27 free throws.

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led South Florida with 12 points and 10

rebounds, but the Bulls ran out of firepower when star guard

Dominique Jones fouled out with 12:52 remaining.