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Kuric, Smiths Lead Louisville Over DePaul 90-82

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Russ Smith hit back-to-back baskets in overtime Saturday and No. 19 Louisville rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat DePaul 90-82, the Cardinals’ seventh win in eight games.

Kyle Kuric scored 25 points, Chris Smith added 20 and Russ Smith 16 to lead the Cardinals (21-6, 9-5 Big East), who trailed by 10 at the half in the noisy Allstate Arena where they were cheered by a large contingent of red-clad fans.

DePaul (11-15, 2-12) has now lost 36 straight games to ranked opponents. The Blue Demons have lost 11 of their last 12 but this was a game they appeared ready to win, building a big first-half lead.

Brandon Young scored 27 and Cleveland Melvin chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for DePaul.

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