Final: Louisville 114, WKU 82

22 12 2010

Wednesday night started out as one of the most anticipated games at E.A. Diddle Arena in years.

By the time it was over, the game turned into one Western Kentucky’s worst home losses in the history of the building.

Peyton Siva poured in career-high 29 points and Louisville shot 64.6 percent from the floor as the Cardinals embarrassed the Hilltoppers in front of a sellout crowd at Diddle Arena, 114-82.

“There’s no question that this coaching staff and this entire team are working hard and want to make the fans proud,” WKU coach Ken McDonald said after the game. “But you missed an opportunity to do that. In the non-league (schedule) we’ve missed a lot of opportunities.

“We have to get better at teamwork, pride on defense and a lot of the toughness plays. Louisville made them tonight, it has to be us making those.”

The 32-point loss goes down as the second-worst margin of defeat for a WKU team in Diddle Arena. The Hilltoppers lost to Xavier by a score of 93-60 on Dec. 6, 1998.

On the other side of the coin, Wednesday’s contest went down as the best overall effort Louisville has put forth all season.

“We played our best game of the season and then some,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “It all starts with passing. We rebounded the basketball, got on the break and we wanted to be aggressive on offense. … We really wanted to push the pace and get easy shots because we knew it would be a great crowd. The only way to take the crowd out of the game is to control the backboard, play good defense and stay aggressive on offense.

“With the exception of one little let-up, I really can’t find anything to fault today.”

For more, see Thursday’s Daily News.

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