By: GARY B. GRAVES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists and No. 11 Louisville routed No. 19 Connecticut 81-48 on Saturday to claim a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.
Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finish tied with No. 15 Cincinnati atop the upstart league. A coin flip will determine the top seed in the conference tournament.
A day in which Smith and fellow seniors Luke Hancock, Tim Henderson and Stephan Van Treese were honored beforehand as the program’s winningest class ended with all playing key roles in their 116th win together. Smith topped his previous assist high by two, Hancock added 16 points, Van Treese grabbed 13 rebounds and Henderson added an early basket.
Louisville’s defense, meanwhile, frustrated the Huskies (24-7, 12-6) into season-worst 29.4 percent shooting in completing the sweep.