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Louisville's Trey Lewis (3) shoots as Utah Valley's Andrew Bastien (42) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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No. 16 Louisville beats Utah Valley 98-68

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trey Lewis scored 21 points and No. 16 Louisville used a hot shooting start to coast to a 98-68 victory over Utah Valley on Wednesday night.

Louisville (11-1) made 18 of its first 24 shots and shot 69 percent from the field in the first half (20 of 29) to blow past Utah Valley, one night after an out-of-sync showing in beating UMKC.

Konner Frey led Utah Valley (5-8) with 17 points and Marcel Davis scored 15. Seven Cardinals scored at least eight points.

The Cardinals finished 31 of 56 (55 percent) from the field and hit nine 3s. Utah Valley shot 40 percent.

Broken left foot to sideline Louisville’s Mangok Mathiang

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, right, talks to Mangok Mathiang during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 78-56. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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No. 17 Louisville’s 78-56 win over Western Kentucky Saturday afternoon came with a price, as a key member of their front court rotation was lost due to injury.

Junior forward Mangok Mathiang left the game in the second half and did not return, with it being revealed following the game that he’d broken a bone in his left foot. Due to undergo surgery to repair the break in the coming days, Mathiang is expected to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Mathiang is the third Louisville front court player to suffer an injury over the last month. Freshman Deng Adel has been out since mid-November due to a sprained knee, and sophomore center Anas Mahmoud has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle.

Without Mathiang there will be even more minutes to distribute amongst freshman Raymond Spalding and sophomores Chinanu Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson. Onuaku posted a double-double against WKU with ten points and 12 rebounds, and Johnson added eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.

Lee scores 18 as No. 19 Louisville tops Kennesaw State 94-57

Donovan Mitchell, Quentin Snider, Kendrick Ray
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Damion Lee scored 18 points as No. 19 Louisville used another strong shooting performance to beat Kennesaw State 94-57 on Wednesday night.

Louisville (8-1) shot 59 percent (40 of 68). The Cardinals’ 40 field goals were their most since Dec. 22, 2010, against Western Kentucky.

The Cardinals have now shot above 50 percent in eight of their nine games, matching their total for all of last season.

Chinanu Onuaka was 8 of 10 from the floor, scoring 16 points. Donovan Mitchell had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals.

Yonel Brown led the Kennesaw State (3-9) with 19 points and Kendrick Ray added 13. The Owls shot 39 percent.

It was another blowout for the Cardinals against an outmatched opponent. Louisville made 7 of 15 3s in the first half, matching the number of Kennesaw State field goals, and led 41-19 at the break without shooting a free throw.

Kennesaw State started the game 1 of 15, missing 13 straight while scoreless for more than eight minutes, as Louisville jetted out to a 17-3 lead. The Owls traded baskets for the next few minutes before a 10-0 Louisville run made it 36-14 with 2:23 left before halftime.

The Cardinals shot 66 percent in the second half (23 of 35). Their 14-2 run, highlighted by Mitchell’s steal and one-handed slam, stretched the lead to 70-35 with 9:03 to play. Mitchell’s even more impressive dunk off an alley-oop gave Louisville an 81-43 advantage with 6:06 remaining.

The Cardinals entered the game outscoring opponents by 30.6 points a game, best in the country. Louisville used a significant height advantage to outrebound Kennesaw State 47-22.

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Kennesaw State: The 6-foot-1 Ray had the night’s top play with his tomahawk dunk over a 6-10 Onuaku. … Preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection Yonel Brown entered as the nation’s leader in minutes played, averaging 38:54 a game. … The Owls had nine days off prior to playing Louisville due to final exams.

Louisville: Lee made four of Louisville’s 10 3-pointers. … Forward Anas Mahmoud sat out with a sprained ankle.

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Kennesaw State visits Chattanooga on Friday.

Louisville hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday.