LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Taquan Dean scored 22 points to lead five Louisville players in double figures as the fifth-ranked Cardinals raced by Akron 111-85 on Saturday at Freedom Hall.

Dean added eight assists and seven rebounds for the Cardinals (5-0). Juan Palacios had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Louisville shot 60 percent from the floor while posting its highest point total at home since 1999.

Romeo Travis led the Zips (3-2) with 21 points, but Akron had no answer for Louisville in the second half. The Cardinals shot 71 percent from the floor in the second half, preventing the Zips from beating a ranked team for the first time in school history.

Louisville broke it open with a 15-6 run to start the second half and hardly looked like the sluggish team that slogged through a 53-45 win over Richmond on Monday.

The Cardinals out-rebounded the Zips 41-26 and had little trouble getting into the lane. Louisville scored 48 points in the paint, and had assists on 31 of its 40 field goals.

Freshman guard Terrence Williams had a career-high 13 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting for the Cardinals. David Padgett added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Jenkins scored 13 points and had four assists.

Darryl Peterson added 16 points for the Zips.

AP-ES-12-10-05 1525EST


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