TCU Snaps Four-Game Win Streak

Aaron Curtis looks for help as he is trapped by Louisville players Juan Palacios, left, and Taquan Dean.

Aaron Curtis looks for help as he is trapped by Louisville players Juan Palacios, left, and Taquan Dean.

Jan. 8, 2005

Final Stats

AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Juan Palacios scored 23 points and Francisco Garcia added 21 as No. 17 Louisville beat mistake-plagued TCU 86-61 on Saturday.

Palacios grabbed seven rebounds and Garcia had five assists for the Cardinals (12-3, 1-1 Conference USA), who scored 22 points off 23 TCU turnovers.

Nile Murry had 15 points and eight rebounds for TCU (10-5, 0-1), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

TCU dropped to 1-46 in road games against Top 25 opponents.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Friday that starting point guard Taquan Dean was doubtful for the game because of back spasms. Sophomore Brandon Jenkins made his second start of the season in Dean's place.

But Dean came off the bench and was often on the floor with Jenkins on Saturday. Dean had nine points and three assists in 26 minutes and Jenkins had five points, two assists and eight rebounds in 30 minutes.

TCU's early sloppiness made Louisville's point-guard issues inconsequential.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 17-2 lead as the Horned Frogs had 11 turnovers in the first nine minutes. Three minutes later, TCU had 14 turnovers and trailed 24-7.

The Horned Frogs committed only one turnover the rest of the half, but Garcia and Palacios made sure the Cardinals kept their comfortable lead.

The duo scored 28 of Louisville's first 34 points, with the 6-foot-7 Garcia either creating shots off his dribble or passing to the 6-8 Palacios behind the 3-point line.

Palacios sank three 3-pointers and had 15 points in the first half; Garcia went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and had 13 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Aaron Curtis scored underneath with 14:28 left in the second half to cut Louisville's lead to 11 and prompt a timeout from Pitino. The Cardinals responded with a 10-0 run and Larry O'Bannon's third 3-pointer pushed the lead to 61-40 with 10:59 remaining.



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