Louisville comes alive late, beats Manhattan 71-64

Louisville comes alive late, beats Manhattan 71-64

Louisville comes alive late, beats Manhattan 71-64

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 6:56 AM

 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Luke Hancock hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:19 to help Louisville finally shake free from tenacious Manhattan, 71-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night.
 
   The defending national champion Cardinals were down 58-55 with less than 4 minutes to play before coming alive from the 3-point line.
 
   Silky smooth guard Russ Smith, who finished with 18 points, got things going with a game-tying 3 from the wing. Hancock delivered the knockout blows. He stole an inbound pass, got fouled and made both free throws. He hit the first dagger with 1:19 remaining and sank a wide-open look from behind the arc with 28 second left.
 
   Hancock finished with 16 points.
 
   Behind those shots, fourth-seeded Louisville (30-5) advanced to face fifth-seeded Saint Louis on Saturday in the Midwest Region.
 
   Ashton Pankey led 13th-seeded Manhattan (25-8) with 16 points.
 

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