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Louisville proves to be strong for Clemson

The Tigers did not have an answer for Louisville's early knockout punch.
Credit: AP
Clemson forward Aamir Simms (25) charges into Louisville guard Darius Perry (2) as he attempts a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Darius Perry set career highs with 19 points and five 3-pointers, and No. 6 Louisville rolled over Clemson 80-62 for its sixth consecutive victory. 

The Cardinals pulled away with a 20-0 first-half run and shot 66% before halftime. Louisville hit 10 of 21 from long range for the game, including Perry's two 3s before the big spurt ended in a 31-9 lead. That advantage held easily even as Louisville shot 28% in the second half. 

Clyde Trapp had 11 points for the Tigers, who shot just 34.4% and were outrebounded 41-29.

Clemson is now 10-9 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. Louisville improves to 17-3 overall and 8-1 in the ACC. The Tigers will host Syracuse at 7 p.m., from Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.