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Louisville Tops Cincinnati

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Rick Pitino's 300th win at Louisville was led by his trademark defense.

Eighth-ranked Louisiville defeated Cincinnati 67-51 on Monday to move the Cardinals a half-game behind Georgetown for first in the Big East standings.

"Everybody's playing great right now," Louisville point guard Peyton Siva said. "This is like Louisville every year. Coach P gets us going like this every year. All that hard work is finally paying off."

The game was tied at 37 before Louisville launched a 25-7 run to put the game away. Overall, the Cardinals (25-5) forced 21 turnovers.

"We had no chance to win because we turned the ball over 21 times," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said.

Russ Smith had 18 points and Louisville won its sixth straight game despite making only three 3-pointers.

The victory was also the 650th of Pitino's career.

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