After watching his team struggle with reckless play in consecutive losses that kept Rick Pitino stuck on 499 career college wins, the Louisville coach saw that the player introductions were a modest arm-wave from the starters as their name was announced.
The Cardinals responded with an 85-75 win over visiting Marshall last night. Pitino is the 17th active coach with at least 500 wins.
"We tried to suffocate them with our defense," Pitino said.
The Cardinals (6-3) forced 17 turnovers and shared the ball at the other end. Louisville finished with 19 assists, the Cardinals' highest total since a season-opening rout of Hartford. Louisville also had a season-high 13 blocks.
Earl Clark scored 23 points and Derrick Caracter had 18 points and eight rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension.
In other games:
* At Georgia Tech, Russell Robinson scored 17 points as No. 3 Kansas (11-0) beat the Yellow Jackets, 71-66.
* At UCLA, Kevin Love had 16 points to lead the No. 8 Bruins (10-1) over Western Illinois, 77-52.