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DePaul Holds the Cards



Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- Quemont Greer scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead shot in overtime to lift DePaul to a 60-58 victory over No. 21 Louisville on Wednesday night, the Cardinals' fourth straight loss.

Andre Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Demons (16-8, 9-4 Conference USA), who beat Louisville in Freedom Hall for the first time since 1986, a span of 10 games.

Francisco Garcia scored 19 points, but committed five turnovers for Louisville (17-7, 7-6), which lost four straight for the first time under coach Rick Pitino. The Cardinals have lost six of their last seven overall and two of their last three at home.

The lead changed hands three times in overtime before Greer's pull-up jumper with 2:15 left put DePaul up 59-58.

Louisville missed a shot and committed two turnovers on its next three possessions. Garcia lost the ball on a drive with 41 seconds left.

Drake Diener, an 85 percent career free throw shooter, missed the first of two free throws with 11 seconds remaining. He made the second to put DePaul up 60-58. 
 
Larry O'Bannon, who scored 12 points, lost the ball to Delonte Holland on a drive with 2 seconds left.

The Cardinals shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48), the eighth time in nine games they've been under 40 percent. DePaul outrebounded Louisville 47-29, the Cardinals' most lopsided rebound deficit this season.

Louisville led 31-25 after a sluggish first half. Brown, DePaul's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, picked up his fourth foul with 16:38 left and went to the bench.

The Cardinals led 42-38 after O'Bannon's drive with 9:35 left, but Louisville then went more than 6 minutes without a field goal.

O'Bannon's basket from near the top of the key with 3:05 left ended the Cardinals' field goal drought and gave Louisville a 50-46 lead.

Brown, who returned with 6:38 left, scored inside with 1:59 remaining. Garcia answered with his first basket of the half 30 seconds later to restore Louisville's four-point edge.

Diener hit a shot from the wing with 1:18 left and Louisville lost the ball on a turnover.

Brown's three-point play with 19 seconds left gave DePaul a 53-52 lead -- its first since 10-9.

Garcia hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to put Louisville back on top.

On DePaul's final possession, Greer drove to the basket and was fouled by Alhaji Mohammed. Pitino put his hands on his head and backed into the scorer's table in disbelief at the call.

Garcia waved his arms to incite the crowd before Greer missed the first free throw, but swished the second.