Hazell torched the Cards two years ago in his home arena for 29 and it seems that hot hand-held over to tonight's game. Cardinals had no answer for him, allowing him to score in several different ways for a 25 point effort on 9-12 shooting.
Bad news for Louisville, who lost their 3rd straight game, Hazell wasn't the only Pirate that the Cards allowed to score at ease. Seton Hall as a team shot 52.7% from the field, including 5-12 from behind the arc.
As easy as Louisville made it for Seton Hall to score, they were just as bad from the free throw line...again. Cards finished a horrible 14-25 for a Shaq-like 56%. Louisville would outbound the Pirates 34-33 but it didn't seem that way. In the rare times when Seton Hall would miss a shot it seemed that they would get a second or even third chance regularly.
All five starters for Seton Hall finished in double figures, led by Hazell, while only leading Cardinal scorer Edgar Sosa reached that milestone for Louisville with a team high 15 points.
Freshman Mike Marra joined him as the only other Card to score double digits with 10 points but only scored one of those in the second half. Fellow Freshman Rakeem Buckles, who got the start over Swopshire, finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds. He was 3-9 from the field though and looked lost on defense on more than one occasion.
Samardo Samuels who has been an unstoppable force over the last 2 losses was a completely nofactor in the game. He would get 9 points and 6 rebounds but got no offensive touches. Samuels would take only 7 shots, hitting 4 of them. Three of those four field goals were offensive put backs.
Louisville have now lost 3 games in a row in the Big East. Only the second time under Pitino that has happened. The last time was 05/06 season when the Cards lost to Pittsburgh, at St. John's, and UConn that year. That year they also went to the N.I.T. tournament. Louisville has no time to dwell on this loss with Cincinnati coming to Freedom Hall on Sunday.