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Govs lose to Louisville in NCAA

March 25, 2003

During the first 11 minutes, it actually looked as though the Govs might give the fourth-seeded Cardinals a run for their money. But that was before Rick Pitino slapped the team with his characteristically aggressive full-court press.

With a one-point lead of 20-19, the Cardinals stole the ball three straight times and turned each one into a basket for a 10-0 run. Sloppy ball handling on the part of the Govs led to another 18-4 run. The Govs got no closer than nine points the rest of the first half.
March 25, 2003

During the first 11 minutes, it actually looked as though the Govs might give the fourth-seeded Cardinals a run for their money. But that was before Rick Pitino slapped the team with his characteristically aggressive full-court press.

With a one-point lead of 20-19, the Cardinals stole the ball three straight times and turned each one into a basket for a 10-0 run. Sloppy ball handling on the part of the Govs led to another 18-4 run. The Govs got no closer than nine points the rest of the first half.

The Govs cut their deficit to nine early in the second half but couldn't maintain the momentum. The final score: 86-64.

"We played a very good basketball team tonight," APSU Coach Dave Loos said of the Cardinals. "During that stretch in the first half, we didn't handle their defensive pressure very well. We turned the ball over too many times, and we couldn't slow things down. We also couldn't keep them off the offensive board.

"We were successful when we got the ball inside. We got down and attempted to rely on the three. We are not a three-point shooting team. We went 2 of 21 from three."

Josh Lewis led the Govs with 20 points, while Adrian Henning added 17 and Anthony Davis 13.

The Cardinals shot 50 percent from the floor, and they outbounded the Govs 44-29.

The loss ended the Govs year at 23-8the second most wins in school history and the first single-digit-loss season since 1977.