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Louisville 81, Kentucky 63

Dec. 28, 2002 at 2:54 PM   |   Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Marvin Stone scored 16 points in an emotional reunion Saturday as Louisville defeated 14th-ranked Kentucky, 81-63, before a raucous crowd at Freedom Hall.

Stone transferred from Kentucky last year. The 6-10 forward had been dismissed by Coach Tubby Smith for disciplinary reasons in late December before joining Louisville Coach Rick Pitino in a controversial move.

Pitino coached the Kentucky Wildcats to a national title during an eight-year stint before leaving for the NBA in 1997. He returned to the college game last season and lost his first meeting with Kentucky, 82-62, in Lexington.

This time around, Pitino had the crowd on his side. He helped them along with a pregame message that was displayed on the scoreboard, emphasizing the importance of the Freedom Hall fans as a sixth man.

The crowd helped the Cardinals (7-1) rally from a double-digit deficit in the first half before urging them along during a dominant final 20 minutes.

Freshman Francisco Garcia added 12 points and three other players scored in double figures for Louisville, which outscored Kentucky 51-30 in the second half and improved to 6-0 at home.

Keith Bogans scored 14 points for the Wildcats (5-3), who had won three straight in the series. Smith fell to 1-6 lifetime against teams coached by Pitino.

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