Posted: 10:08 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
By Mike Rutherford
Montrezl Harrell dunked eight times and scored 20 points to lead Louisville past Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 in the Cards' first exhibition game Tuesday night.
Outside of Harrell's dominance in the paint, the major storyline from the evening was the officiating, in particular the harsh enforcement of college basketball's new rules aimed at eliminating hand-checking. The result was 64 fouls called, 88 free-throws attempted, and a game which started at 7 p.m. and ended just before 9:30 p.m.
Four Louisville guards joined Harrell in double figures, a quartet led by freshman Terry Rozier, who netted 18 points. Russ Smith (17), Chris Jones (16), and Anton Gill (13) also joined the party.
There was still plenty for Rick Pitino to be upset about after the game, namely the fact that U of L connected on just 32 of their 56 free-throw attempts, good for only 57.1 percent. The worst offender was Harrell, who misfired on nine of his 11 attempts.
Still, the sophomore big man was a force in the middle that the Division-II Panthers had no answer for. Had this been a regular season game, Harrell's eight dunks would have broken the U of L single-game record of seven, set by Pervis Ellison in 1988.
More on the game in the morning, but for now, here's your complete box score: