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NCAA: Louisville 69, Davidson 62

- Associated Press - Thursday, March 15, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. — Louisville is finally moving on in the NCAA tournament.

Peyton Siva scored 17 points and the fourth-seeded Cardinals beat Davidson 69-62 on Thursday for their first tournament victory since 2009.

After getting ousted in their opening game the past two seasons, coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals (27-9) advanced to the third round of the West Regional. Louisville, coming off a surprising run to the Big East tournament title, is making its sixth straight appearance in the NCAAs.

Siva, who had plenty of local support at the Rose Garden from his hometown of Seattle, added six assists. Chane Behanan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals, who led by as many as 14.

Jake Cohen had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Davidson (25-8), which was making its 11th tournament appearance and first since 2008, when Stephen Curry led the underdog Wildcats to the round of eight.

The Cardinals will play Saturday against the winner of Thursday's game between New Mexico and Long Beach State.

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