The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals forced 22 turnovers, including 13 in the first half, as they defeated the No. 13 Missouri Tigers, 84-61. Louisville was led by the strong guard play of junior Russ Smith and senior Peyton Siva. Smith finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists. Siva finished the game with 13 points, five assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Louisville led by eight at halftime and saw their lead cut to four in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Cardinals went on an 11-0 run starting at 18:27 and never looked back. The win advances the Cardinals to the Finals in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. They face Duke on Saturday.
Missouri was led by Alex Oriakhi and Phil Pressey, who each finished with 15 points. Pressey had 12 at halftime, but was shut down in the second half. Oriakhi started slow, but added 11 second-half points in the losing effort.
This story originally appeared at SB Nation.