No. 11 Louisville pulls away from Rutgers in second half

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Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a three-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried No. 11 Louisville to a 68-48 victory over Rutgers Wednesday night in Piscataway, N.J.

Russ Smith added 14 points and six rebounds and fellow guard Peyton Siva had nine points and seven assists as Louisville (19-4, 7-3 Big East) won its third straight game by holding Rutgers to a season-low point total.

It was the seventh time Louisville has held an opponent under 50 points this season.

Gorgui Deng added eight rebounds and six blocked shots as Louisville beat Rutgers for the seventh straight time and 11th in 12 meetings.

Eli Carter had 13 points and Myles Mack 12 to lead Rutgers (12-9, 3-7). The Scarlet Knights have lost five in a row and six of seven.

Louisville blew the game open in the first eight-plus minutes of the second half, taking a 21-point lead.

Providence 54, Cincinnati 50: Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and host Providence narrowly won its second straight game after holding a late lead.

The Bearcats had cut their biggest deficit, 47-34 with 6:49 left, to 49-48 on two free throws by Cheikh Mbodj with 2:28 remaining. It was 52-50 when Batts missed two free throws with 13.4 seconds to go and Justin Jackson rebounded for No. 17 Cincinnati.

But Sean Kilpatrick, who led Cincinnati with 13 points, lost the ball on a backcourt violation with 2 seconds to play and Batts finished the scoring with two free throws.

On Saturday, Providence (12-11, 4-7 Big East) beat Villanova, 55-52, on a three-pointer by Bryce Cotton after blowing a nine-point lead with 4:34 left.

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Cincinnati (18-5, 6-4) lost for the second time in seven games. -- AP

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