Unbeaten Louisville tops Western Ky.

Russ Smith scored 23 points Friday night as No. 4 Louisville

overcame a sleepy start to rally from an eight-point deficit in the

second half and record a 70-60 victory over  Western


Gorgui Dieng had 13 points and 15 rebounds — his fifth

straight double-double — for the Cardinals (12-0), who

remained one of the nation’s six unbeaten Division I teams.

Kyle Kuric added 15 points, 12 in the first half.

Derrick Gordon and Jamal Crook had 13 points each for the

Hilltoppers (4-9).

Trailing 50-47 following a layup by Jamal Crook with 8:49

remaining, Louisville reeled off 14 straight points, half from


Western Kentucky went scoreless until Crook’s layup made it

61-52 with 2:21 to play. That started a 7-0 run as Nigel Snipes’

3-pointer from the right corner made it 61-57 at the 1:14 mark.

Western Kentucky drew no closer as Louisville scored its last

nine points on free throws.