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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Playing its fifth game in 11 days and facing the toughest pressure it's seen this season proved to be too much for Hartford.
Junior Mark Nwakamma led the Hawks (2-3) with 16 points and reserve Yasin Kolo added 12 in a 87-48 loss to No. 3 Louisville on Tuesday night. Kolo had a team-high eight rebounds.
"We didn't expect to get out-toughed and outmanned in every phase of the game, but we did," Hartford coach John Gallagher said.
Hartford relied on its strength, the outside shooting that was the focal point of its 74-64 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 15. After hitting 10 3's in that game they made just four against Louisville.
Gallagher said Louisville's staunch pressure forced "tired shots."
"When you look at a team like Louisville, you have to play a certain style," Gallagher said. "You just can't run up and down with them. It can't happen. We tried to slow it down and run some offense, but their length really bothered us."
When asked if it was nerves or fatigue that affected the Hawks, Nwakamma replied: "Both."
"The way we came out right now for the game was a little soft," the forward said. "It's inexcusable. There's no excuse for that despite the amount of games we played. We've got to come out harder.
"The pressure we saw, we can't allow that to phase us. We have to control the tempo. That's the biggest thing."
Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Louisville to an easy 87-48 win over Hartford in the Hall of Fame Tipoff on Tuesday night.
He was 9 of 12 from the field with six dunks, one off the Louisville record.
Russ Smith added 14 points as the Cardinals (4-0) extended their winning streak to 20 games dating to last season's run to the national title. Chris Jones and reserve Chane Behanan added 11 points apiece.
Louisville shot 50 percent from the field, outrebounded Hartford 35-29 and forced 25 turnovers.
Louisville jumped on Hartford right at the start, scoring the first eight points of the game and 22 of the first 30. Harrell passed to Wayne Blackshear for a 3-pointer and Terry Rozier converted a layup with 1:42 left in the first half to give the Cardinals a 42-19 lead.
It was more of the same in the second half. Harrell had a dunk, Behanan scored on a tipin and Smith made a 3 to make it 79-41 with 5:23 to go.
Hartford shot 42 percent from the field, including a 4-for-17 performance from 3-point range. Hancock went 2 for 4 as Louisville made 7 of 18 attempts from beyond the arc.
Hartford finished the game 4 of 17 (24 percent). Louisville's Luke Hancock went 2 for 4 as Louisville made 7 of 18 attempts from beyond the arc.
The Hawks saw their winning streak end after beating its last two opponents by double digits. It was their fifth game in 11 nights.
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