No. 14 Arizona Hangs On To Top Louisville 72-65 At Jimmy V Classic

Dec. 5, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) - Ivan Radenovic had 22 points and 13 rebounds for No. 14 Arizona, which overcame a terrible shooting second half for a 72-65 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

The Wildcats (6-1) had a 44-35 halftime lead then missed 17 of their first 18 shots from the field as they lost, then retook the lead. Chase Budinger hit Arizona's first shot of the second half for an 11-point lead, then after 17 consecutive misses, Mustafa Shakur hit a 3 with 9:40 left to give the Wildcats a 54-50 advantage.

Juan Palacios had 15 points for the Cardinals (2-2), who managed to take a 50-49 lead with 13:18 left on a drive by Terrence Williams, but the comeback - and foul trouble - seemed to wear down Louisville which was unable to complete a lot of plays inside.

Radenovic made two free throws with 10:30 to play to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 51-50, and despite never regaining the shooting touch that had them making 50 percent in the first half, they extended the lead to as much as 10 points.

The win gave Arizona a 5-1 record in Madison Square Garden since 2001. It was the first time this season the Wildcats scored less than 84 points in a game.

The loss gave the Big East an 0-2 mark on the night as No. 22 Oklahoma State beat No. 21 Syracuse 72-68 in the opening game.

Budinger and Jawann McClellan each had 17 points for Arizona, which shot 34 percent overall (18-for-53), including 18.5 percent (5-for-27) in the second half.

Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville, which outrebounded Arizona 47-36, but was called for 29 personal fouls to 12 for the Wildcats.

Jerry Smith hit a 3-pointer with 10:03 left in the first half to give Louisville a 24-21 lead. Arizona then went on a 20-2 run which was capped by two 3s by McClellan.

The Cardinals went 1-for-7 from the field during the run that lasted 4:17 and committed four of their seven first-half turnovers.

Louisville was 4-for-17 from 3-point range in the first half then changed its focus to inside, going 2-for-4 from beyond the arc in the second half.

The game was the collegiate debut for Louisville forward Derrick Caracter. The 6-foot-8 freshman was suspended for the first three games of the season after receiving benefits from a family friend in the summer of 2005 before his senior year in high school. Caracter lost 50 pounds since arriving at Louisville in August weighing 318 pounds.

Caracter had nine points on 3-for-8 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 11 minutes before fouling out with 9:03 to play.

The Jimmy V Classic raises money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by the late Jim Valvano and ESPN. The foundation has raised more than $60 million with the Jimmy V Classic donating more than $1 million.

On Tuesday, it was announced the Classic, which moved to Madison Square Garden in 2003, will continue to be played there through 2008.

Valvano, who led North Carolina State to the national championship in 1983, died of cancer in May 1993, just two months after delivering his famous 'Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up' speech at the ESPY Awards.

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