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Louisville regained the lead on back-to-back conventional three-point plays by Gibbs, and the Cardinals rode eight Cincinnati turnovers to a 18-8 run that left them leading 37-29 at halftime.

The Cardinals limited Cincinnati to 22 points in the second half while adjusting their offense to go inside more. They took the same number of shots from the field in each half, but 15 of them were 3-pointers in the first half and only three were launched from behind the arc after halftime. That helped Louisville improve its shooting percentage from 37.9 (11 of 29) in the first half to 55.2 (16 of 29) in the second.

“I think we started off a little slow,” Gibbs said. “We were making some silly turnovers. The adjustments we made were mainly mental. They were outrebounding us. We had to start attacking them instead of letting them attack us.”