PHILADELPHIA — Rick Pitino and his Louisville players have decided to stop shaving until they next lose.
The way the Cardinals are playing, they might have some pretty impressive beards.
Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 22 points and No. 13 Louisville built a 30-point first-half lead en route to an 82-58 victory over Temple on Friday night.
“We all said, ‘Let’s have some fun. Let’s grow beards until we lose,’” Pitino said. “It’s the first time in my life I’m trying to grow a beard. It’s the first time I looked in the mirror and saw multifaceted hair coming in different colors. We want to have some fun right now. Hopefully, we can get on a streak and grow some full beards.”
Russ Smith added 15 points to help the Cardinals (20-4, 9-2 American Athletic Conference) improve to 7-1 in their past eight games.
Wayne Blackshear finished with 13 points, Luke Hancock scored 11, and Harrell had 10 rebounds and four blocks in the game postponed a day because of a snowstorm.
Will Cummings led Temple (6-17, 1-10) with 16 points and Anthony Lee added 14.
The Owls shot 37.3 percent from the field to drop their fourth consecutive game and fall into a tie for last place in the conference with Central Florida.
Dalton Pepper, Temple’s leading scorer, was held to seven points on 3 for 10 shooting.
NO. 23 SOUTHERN METHODIST 77, RUTGERS 65
In Piscataway, N.J., Nic Moore scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Southern Methodist won as a ranked team for the first time in 29 years, beating Rutgers.
Nick Russell added 16 points to help the Mustangs (20-5, 9-3 AAC) reach the 20-win plateau for the second time in 13 years.
Myles Mack had 17 points, and Kadeem Jack scored 15 for the Scarlet Knights (10-15, 4-8).
INDIANA: Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested on preliminary drunk driving charges.
University police Lt. Craig Munroe says the 21-year-old sophomore was stopped by a campus police officer about 3 a.m. Friday after he started to go the wrong way down a one-way street near the Bloomington campus.
Munroe says the officer stopped the driver when hit a curb twice after correcting his car’s direction. Munroe says Mosquera-Perea had a blood-alcohol content twice Indiana’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Mosquera-Perea has played in all 24 of IU’s games this season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds.